Friday 27 November, 2020

Husband suspected in policewoman's killing turns himself in

District Constable Mellissa Edwards-Whyte in happy times.

District Constable Mellissa Edwards-Whyte in happy times.

The 53-year-old man accused of hacking to death his wife, district constable Melissa Edwards-Whyte has turned in himself to the police.

Prominent attorney-at-law Peter Champagnie reportedly accompanied the accused man to the police commissioner's office.

Detectives assigned to the Hunts Bay Criminal Investigation Branch listed Barry Whyte, otherwise called ‘Barry’ and ‘Drop’, of Farmbrook Avenue, Kingston 20 and Santa Hill district in Spaulding, Manchester, as a person of interest in the chopping death of Edwards-Whyte in the Patrick City area of St Andrew on Saturday night.

Reports are that the victim, her brother and her husband were at home when the brother reportedly left the house to run an errand. It is further reported that, upon his return to the house, the brother found the house grill locked.

The brother, after calling Edwards-Whyte and not getting an answer, went around the back of the house and looked through a window to see his sister lying in a pool of blood.

The police were alerted and managed to gain entry to the house, and subsequently discovered the body of the woman. A machete was found at the scene.

The district constable's death sent shockwaves across the country and has received widespread condemnation, including by the national security minister and the police commissioner.

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