Lionel Hoyte, right, is escorted back to prison after pleading guilty, on Wednesday, to murder. (iWN photo)

A former police officer, on Wednesday, pleaded guilty to the 2013 murder of his former partner and mother of his then 8- and 3-year-old sons.

Lionel Hoyte pleaded guilty, at High Court No. 1, in Kingstown to a charge that on April 29, 2013, at Lodge Village, he caused the death of Helen Renita Fox, 36, by an unlawful act.

Fox’s body was found in her bed with multiple wounds and the throat slashed.

Hoyte had already quit the police force when he committed the crime.

Hoyte’s counsel, Joseph “Joe” Delves asked that the sentencing be adjourned.

He told the court that there are a few persons that the defence would like to ask to attend court.

The lawyer said he would need three to four weeks to arrange this.

The lawyer further said he would be relying on the report of Dr. Ermine Belle.

Dr. Belle was a psychiatrist at the Mental Health Centre between March 2017 and November 2018.

“I don’t know if it would be useful to have Dr. Belle present. I don’t know is she is in St. Vincent,” the lawyer told the court.

He, however, said that the defence would, at least, like to have access to the psychiatrist.

He also said that a social inquiry report that had been filed would be useful for the sentencing.

Justice Brian Cottle adjourned the sentencing to March 18, 2020.

Tamika McKenzie appeared for the Crown.

9 replies on “Ex-cop pleads guilty to murder of former partner”

  1. Some of these lawyers are so wicked. Such a gruesome act was committed on Helen and he trying to soften this criminal’s sentence. I wonder if someone does these same acts against their family members if they would do these same things. Justice is needed for Helen. Almost 7 years and nothing. Justice is needed for Helen and her children

  2. Michelle Herbert says:

    No she not in SVG as you all government play powerful foolish and cant pay you all think we does go to UWI to work for chicken change smh

  3. While I do agree with those calling for Justice for Helen, the criticism of the Lawyer is unwarranted. The Lawyers swore to an oath do the best they can for their clients regardless of the nature of the crime. The Lawyer is doing the job that he was sworn in to do, to defend his client. It is the job of the Crown Counsel to fight for the victim. Just want to educate you on this.

  4. And justice must be fair also the law must be follow equally as in every case justice will be done the wold is watching st Vincent and the grenadines want back the death. Penalty / sentence now !!!!

  5. And justice must be fair also the law must be follow equally as in every case justice will be done the world is watching st Vincent and the grenadines we want back the death penalty/ sentence now !!!!

  6. Every-time I read about domestic abuse(women-beating and killing etc.) it just pisses me off. Now, If a man murders his wife in cold blood, do you need a psychiatrist to examine such person(see photo above)? […] if this is the caliber of lawyers and judges they producing these days. But, it is not even entirely the lawyers’ fault. It is the deadbeat legislators we have here, who’re mostly to blame. GOD HELP US.

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