July 11, 2014
Post Mortem done on suspected murder/suicide victim in Bequia

A post mortem examination was scheduled to have been carried out yesterday, on the burnt remains of the man suspected of killing his aunt and wounding her husband, before setting himself on fire.

On Monday, the body of a man identified by police as Lyndon Quashie was discovered in a bed{{more}} after a relative saw smoke coming from a Lower Bay, Bequia, home, and raised the alarm.

Quashie was being sought by police in the death of Hyacinth Hoyte, 65, and the wounding of Marcus Hoyte, also 65, during a cutlass attack that took place just before midnight on Saturday July 5, at the couple’s Paget Farm home.

SEARCHLIGHT understands that Quashie entered a window of the Hoytes’ dwelling place, where the elderly couple and a young child were asleep.

He reportedly told the young child to “keep quiet” when she woke up, then proceeded to attack the adults.

After the attack, Quashie fled the scene, and neighbours came to the aid of the couple, but for Hyacinth it was too late, as she died on the spot, while her husband was brought to the mainland and warded at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital.

The suspect was later seen on Monday morning at an establishment buying food, shortly before he was discovered burnt to death in the bed.

SEARCHLIGHT was told that Quashie had resided in Canada for a period of time before being deported back to St Vincent.

SEARCHLIGHT also understands that the alleged killer lived in Calliaqua before journeying to Bequia. He had also spent some time at the mental hospital at Glen.

A post mortem was conducted on Quashie’s alleged victim on Wednesday.(JJ)