Police investigators in St Elizabeth have laid several charges against a man, who was suspected to have killed his girlfriend and then set the house ablaze with her body inside in Accompong Town on Friday, March 23.
Steve Green, a 44-year-old mason of Accompong was on Monday charged with murder, arson and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Green, who also suffered burns in the fire, remains in hospital under police guard. He is expected to appear in the St Elizabeth Parish Court on Wednesday.
The police reported last month that at about 6:30 a.m., residents saw the house ablaze and summoned the police and the fire brigade.
A team from the Santa Cruz Fire Department responded and while conducting cooling down operations, the remains of 39-year-old businesswoman, Marsha Lennon, were found under a burnt out mattress in the house she shared with Green.
The accused man was found unconscious outside the burning house and taken to the hospital, where tests revealed that he had ingested a corrosive substance.
Police theorize that Green had drank the substance in attempt to commit suicide.
The lawmen also believe that the accused man set the house on fire after killing Lennon in an attempt to conceal evidence of the heinous crime.
Last week, a post mortem examination confirmed that Lennon had been murdered before the house was set on fire.