PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago police are investigating the death of Peter Hyde, who was found hanging in his cell at the Maximum Security Prison in Arouca, east of here, on Sunday.
Hyde, 42, was awaiting trial on four counts of murder and one count of arson.
Prison officers were alerted to the man’s body hanging with a bed sheet tied around his neck by another prisoner. A post mortem is expected to be conducted on Monday.
Media reports noted that Hyde was schizophrenic and had only transferred two weeks ago from the Port-of-Spain prison to the Maximum Security Prison.
Hyde had been accused of murdering three children, including two-year-old Denessya Campbell, and a woman, as well as causing serious injury to eight others — including his two brothers — in a fire which ravaged an apartment complex in Laventille, along the east-west corridor in December 2011.
He faced an additional 12 charges of unlawfully and maliciously setting fire to a building.