Jamaica Crime News, Hanover: Two of three accused who were recently 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 appeared in the Sandy Bay Resident Magistrate Court on Tuesday.
Upon their appearance in Court, one of the accused identity was given as Howard Taylor, unemployed of Albion in Montego Bay, St James, while the identity of the other accused who is a juvenile is being withheld.
The accused were ordered to be remanded into custody until July 26. A third suspect is still being questioned in connection with the incident.
All three accused were held during two separate operations carried out on Wednesday afternoon along a section of Mount Pelier Road in Sandy Bay, Johnson Town, in Lucea. The two are charged with the murder of Hopeton Haye, otherwise called “Hopeton” 49-year-old Food and beverage pastry chef employed to Tryall Resort and Villas located in Hanover.
Reports by the Lucea police are that, Haye who resides alone at a gated apartment complex in Rejoin District, Hanover and he was last seen alive on Sunday afternoon of June 24th by the Caretaker at the complex.
On Monday, Haye was not seen, but his apartment was still locked from the inside and on Tuesday night when she still did not see Haye as she usually does she got curious.
She noticed that the lights to his apartment were still on and some of his laundries still on a clothesline in the yard. She also called his cell phone which also went unanswered.
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, 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, 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, the white Noah bus which Haye recently bought was missing from the yard and was later recovered in Montpelier, Sandy Bay.