Two Men Charged in Connection with Murder of Chef in Hanover Remanded into Custody

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Jamaica Crime News, Hanover: A man and a teenage boy who were charged with the murder of a Resort  Food and Beverage Pastry Chef  in  Rejoin District, in Hanover on Wednesday morning of June 27th, were remanded into custody when they made their second appearance in the Sandy Bay Resident Magistrate Court on Tuesday, July 31.

One of the accused has been identified as, Howard Taylor,  unemployed of Albion in Montego Bay, St James, while the identity of the accused teenager is being withheld. Both accused were ordered to remain into custody until Tuesday, August 28.

The two accused were arrested during two separate operations carried out on  Wednesday afternoon of June 27th,  along a section of Montpellier Road in Sandy Bay and Johnson Town in Lucea.

Both accused are charged with the murder of 49-year-old Hopeton Haye, Food and Beverage pastry chef employed to Tryall resort and Villas located in Hanover.

Reports by the Lucea police are that, Haye resided alone at a gated apartment complex in Rejoin District in Hanover.

He was last seen alive on Sunday afternoon of June 24th, by the Caretaker at the complex.
On Monday Haye was not seen, the door to his apartment was still locked from the inside and the electric lights still turned on.

On Tuesday night the caretaker got suspicious after she still did not see Haye as she usually does.  She also noticed that his laundries were still on a clothesline in the yard.  She then tried to get him by his cellphone, but it rang without being answered.

She raised an alarm and was assisted by neighbors who forced open a window and discovered Haye lying in bed.  The police were summoned and upon arrival, they discovered that the main grill and front door to the victim’s apartment was locked from the inside.

The police further reported that after gaining entry to the building, Haye was discovered lying in his bed on his back while clad only in his pants.  A red necktie which is believed to have been used to strangle the victim was seen bound around his neck.
Also, a  White Noah bus which Haye recently purchased and which was reported missing from the yard was later recovered along a section of Montpellier road in Sandy Bay.

A quick investigation by the police led to the arrest of the teenage boy and Taylor.

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