|Man kills woman, then drinks weedicide |
By Onika James Sunday, November 2 2008
In a fit of rage a 63-year-old man who accused his lover of giving him a terminal illness, chopped her about the body, and later ingested a deadly weedicide. The events brought a dramatic but deadly end to a three-year relationship.
Andrew Williams of Lamont Street, Longdenville, reportedly went to the Arena Road home of Ursilla Romeo, at about midnight on Friday.
According to reports Williams and Romeo, 35, got into a war of words.
During the heated exchange Williams accused Romeo of giving him a terminal illness (HIV-Aids), and struck her with a hatchet.
It was said that Williams chopped Romeo with the hatchet several times about the body. Romeo, a part-time URP employee, died on the spot.
Romeo’s mother, Lorna Bahal, was also chopped when she went to her daughter’s assistance.
Williams then left the scene, and returned to his Lamont Street home where he ingested a weedicide (Lanate). A family member discovered him dead at about 5am.
Williams and Romeo reportedly had a steady relationship for some three years.
Romeo left Williams some months ago and moved in with another man at Flannigin Town.
Romeo however, still visited Williams from time to time. Neighbours and relatives yesterday described the couple as “normal, with normal ups and downs.” some said the two drank a lot, and were often intoxicated.
Several persons gathered at Williams’ house, shocked and saddened over his death. Some quietly muttered that his “relationship was to blame for his death and an illness he only recently discovered that he had.” Williams’ son, Ronald Williams told Newsday, “daddy was a real cool person. He never got violent, I never really saw my father vex with anybody, he was always quiet.
“It would take something real bad for my father to trip, to go over the edge.”
The young man recounted how his father was a handyman around the area, and “would do anything for anyone, never seeking anything in return.”
No friends or relatives were present at Romeo’s house at Arena road, and neighbours were reluctant to give any information about her tragic death.
The small wooden, house was quiet, and calls went unanswered. Romeo has two children from a previous relationship, a 13-year-old daughter, and a 16-year-old son.
Longdenville police are continuing enquiries.