Jamaica Crime News, St Catherine: A Spanish Town man who chopped his common-law wife to death and attempted to kill his baby mother by stabbing her, and setting her house on fire in Spanish Town, St Catherine on Friday, September 14, was slapped with multiple criminal charges on Thursday, October 11.
The accused man has been identified as Ernest Whyte, 63-year-old construction worker of McCooks Pen, also in Spanish Town.
His deceased common-law wife has been identified as Denise Bright, 47-year-old also of McCooks Pen, while the name of the injured baby mother is being withheld.
Reports by the Spanish Town police are that between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. on September 14, Whyte and his common-law wife got involved in an argument when he reportedly went for a machete and chopped her to death.
Whyte then concealed the body in the yard and covered it with a sheet of zinc.
Whyte then went to the home of his baby mother and attacked her with a knife, he stabbed her several times, before setting her house ablaze.
Residents in the community alerted the police and upon the arrival of the lawmen, Whyte attacked them with a machete, and he was shot and wounded by the officers.
While being transported to hospital in the police service vehicle, Whyte jumped from the vehicle and attempted to escape in bushes.
He was chased by the officers and again held. He was then taken to hospital where he was treated and admitted under police guard.
Residents also managed to put out the blaze and avoid the house from being completely burnt to the ground. They rushed the wounded woman to hospital where she was admitted in serious condition.
Whyte is now facing charges of Murder, Attempted Murder, Arson and Assault at Common-law.