There’s shock and anger in Rhoden Hall in Northern Clarendon. This is being triggered by the tragic turn of events over the last 24-hours which left the man who stabbed to death his 8-month pregnant girlfriend dead.

He committed suicide in a police lock up today.

The police say he was being held in a jail cell by himself due to Covid-19 protocols.

This after he gave the police a caution statement confessing to the murder when he was arrested last evening.

According to the police, the man is a 20-year-old farmer, Markland Hayles.

He was found hanging by a piece of his clothing at about 11 this morning when the cell guard went to give him a meal.

Stevian Simmonds reports.


The tragic series of events which led to the death 21 year old Tashika McKay and the suicide of her partner, Markland Hayles, has left the community of Rhoden Hall in shock and seething with anger.

Councillor for the Kellits Division in the Clarendon Municipal Corporation, Noel Nembhard, says the two political workers met in last September’s general elections.

He says both families are distraught.

Member of Parliament for Clarendon Northern, Dwight Sibbles, says he was in the constituency yesterday when the woman’s body was discovered.

The police say she was found with her throat slashed.

A mob later attacked Hayles, hurling stones and other missiles at him, before he was rescued by the Police.

The police say some officers were injured and a service vehicle damaged during that attack.

Mr. Sibbles is describing the incident as unfortunate.

He says Ms. McKay’s mother had to seek medical care.