By Marion V. Ali
Hugh Dyer, 31, a labourer of Hattieville Village, is remanded to the Hattieville Prison on a charge of murder, for beating a workman to death in a jealous fit over his girlfriend’s house key.
The incident happened between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday at the home of the workman, Steven ‘Molo’ Munnings, 48, who lived on Forest Drive in the village.
A victim of physical abuse, former girlfriend Brakeman said she knew Dyer would harass her for a house key if he found her, so she asked her carpenter, Steve Munnings, to keep it safe for her.
Munnings’ neighbours said they saw Molo talking to Brakeman at his gate around 1:30 p.m. that afternoon. Brakeman left and later went to a girl friend’s house. Dyer found her there and demanded to have her house key.
She told the police that Dyer produced a knife, put it to her throat and threatened to kill her if she did not give him the key.
She told him the key was hers, and he responded that he didn’t care and that he wanted it anyway. She decided to give into Dyer’s demand to get him to stop the assault, but little she had no idea that Dyer would turn on the man she had turned to for help.
Brakeman said Dyer followed her all the way to Munnings’s house, armed with a length of 2X4 plank of wood. He waited until Munnings went inside his house to get her key.
When Munnings came back out, Dyer attacked him near his front steps. Brakeman told police that Dyer struck Munnings across the face and head with the plank and when it fell to the ground, he punched Munnings several times in the face.
Brakeman decided to get police help. She said she ran through a nearby yard house to get to the police station, but by the time she returned with the police, she found Munnings lying on his back at his front steps – dead.
Dyer fled the scene, but Hattieville Police mounted an immediate search and caught up with him before he could leave Hattieville.
At the scene they collected a piece of 2 X 4 plank and a knife, suspected to be the one he used to threaten Brakeman .
Munnings’ family members have expressed outrage at the senseless beating he had to endure. He was a man who didn’t engage in trouble or violence, they said. He walked away from fights and they believe Dyer knew this and that was why he took advantage of him.
Brakeman and Dyer have had a tumultuous relationship for five years prior to the incident. She had left him only recently and moved into the new location a month ago with her young daughter to escape the abusive life. Dyer learned of her whereabouts and followed her to Hattieville. She had hired Munnings, a carpenter and plumber by trade, to do work on her new place.
Brakeman has indicated to police that she does not want to press charges against Dyer for threatening her with a knife and assaulting her.