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Monday 11 December 2017
Crime and Court

Man chops woman, burns down house

DESTROYED: Firemen at the scene of a fire in St Helena where a house was gutted after Rosie Saunders, was beaten and chopped in it by a male relative. PHOTO BY ANGELO MARCELLE

A 52-year-old mother of three is warded in serious condition after being beaten with a hammer and chopped by a male relative, who later burnt down their St Helena Village, Piarco home yesterday morning.

Relatives of Rosie Saunders said they are living in fear since the man who is a coconut vendor remains at large. Speaking at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope, where Saunders is warded, relatives said even as he was running away from the burning house, the man shouted death threats at her relatives.

Saunders’ family along with a tenant who was renting a room in the house are all homeless as the fire gutted the structure. “This man needs to be caught,” said Saunders’ daughter Sarayah. “We will not feel safe until he is in police custody because he threatened to find and kill us...and I think he is crazy enough to do it.”

Relatives said Saunders and the man were at home along with her twin daughters Shamaryah and Shemaryah, 14, when at 8 am an argument broke out.

CHOPPED: Rosie Saunders, centre, with members of her family. She was chopped and beaten by a male relative at their home yesterday.

The 32-year-old man chopped Saunders to the back of her neck with a cutlass and hit her over the head with a hammer.

As soon as he attacked Saunders, one of her daughters started fighting with him while the other daughter raised an alarm.

Saunders and her daughters fled as the man was busy setting fire to the curtains.

Relatives said Saunders and the suspect were married in December 2013. He sold coconuts at the corner of Madras Road and the old southern main road in St Helena.

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