Canadian National killed in Buena Vista Print E-mail
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Monday, 30 December 2013 00:00

George Hyde, 38, a resident of Buena Vista Village in the Cayo District, has been charged for the murder of 68 year old Canadian Keith Haslam Dawson. Dawson was chopped to death and dumped in a farm some 6 miles outside of the village.

 Hyde’s brother, Nelson, was hosting Dawson and his wife Ruth Jones as guest at his house last week for about 3 days. On last Friday morning, he woke up and discovered that Dawson, George Hyde and Ruth Jones were all missing. He immediately tried to call his phone, but couldn’t get through to him, and when he searched around the area, he found a wad of hair, suspected to Dawson's.

 Nelson Hyde, wanting to ensure that he was being responsible, reported Dawson missing to San Ignacio Police, and they began investigating. Investigators searched the entire village thoroughly, but couldn’t locate any of the 3 people, and it was not until George Hyde called his brother that police were able to figure out where he was hiding.  With Nelson Hyde’s help, George was detained along with Ruth Jones by police, and when he was questioned about the Canadian retiree’s location, he reportedly confessed that he killed the elderly man.

 Police took a caution statement from him, and afterwards, he led them to the dumping area some 6 miles outside of Buena Vista, where police found Dawson’s body. He suffered multiple chop wounds, and because of the state of decomposition, an on-site autopsy had to be conducted in which the medical examiner certified that the Canadian man died of asphyxia as a consequence of a chop wound to the wind pipe.

 Under police questioning, George Hyde admitted that he was having an affair with Ruth Jones, and he killed the Canadian man out of jealousy.

 Ruth Jones remains detained, and police are investigating her as a suspect to determine if she had any role in the death of her husband. Interestingly, in November, both George Hyde and Ruth Jones were charged and arraigned in Belmopan Magistrate’s Court for the charge of perjury, where they allegedly tried to mislead investigators who were trying to solve the murder of taxi driver Orlando Smith.
 George Hyde has been arraigned and remanded to prison while he awaits trial for murder.