Man Arraigned for Murder of Canadian National in Cayo

vlcsnap-2013-12-24-21h26m42s60Belize police logo34 year old George Hyde was arraigned this morning for the murder of Canadian national Keith Haslam Dawson.  The decomposing body of the 68 year old was found on Sunday at a farm land, some 5 miles east of Buena Vista Village. Dawson suffered multiple chop wounds to the back of his head and a fatal chop wound across his windpipe.

According to Police, it was Hyde, who after confessing to killing Dawson, led authorities to the area where Dawson’s body was dumped.  It is believed that  Hyde was allegedly having an affair with Dawson’s wife and murdered Dawson in a fit of jealous rage.

vlcsnap-2013-12-23-17h44m34s49As we reported, up until the wee hours of Friday morning, the deceased, his wife, the accused and his brother were drinking at Hyde’s brother’s home.  The brother says that he went to sleep at about midnight and when he woke up, noticed the trio was missing and immediately contacted the Police.

Police thereafter apprehended George Hyde.  And even though Hyde reportedly confessed on Sunday to chopping Dawson, he wasn’t arraigned until today.  Deputy Commander of San Ignacio, Inspector Reymundo Reyes, explained that the department was awaiting directive from the DPP.

Reporter:  “What was the situation why he wasn’t charged immediately.  We understand that you guys were getting an additional statement.  Without giving us details of that statement, can you give us an idea as to what was necessary for this charge to be laid this time?”

vlcsnap-2013-12-23-18h14m57s213Insp. Reymundo Reyes:  “In all the investigation, we have to call the  Director of Public Prosecution.  We get witness statements, police reports, we forward it to her office and after perusing, if there is further work to be done, then she ask us as to what we need to get 

verdict hamer 0and send it back to her, so that she can make the proper judgement that yes, she could give the go ahead and police can go ahead and arrest and charge”.

George Hyde was remanded to prison until May of next year.  He, along with Keith Dawson’s wife are being investigated in connection to the death of Belmopan cab-driver  Orlando Smith, whose throat was slit in October of this year.


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