EVEN as Central Division police came in for high praises for rescuing the mother of four from her attacker whom they shot and killed on Good Friday, she remained hospitalised in a serious condition at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex at Mount Hope.
Police said, up to last evening 30-year-old Chinel Jeffrey was recuperating having received 11 chop wounds to her head, neck, back and hands.
Dead is Jeffrey’s common-law husband Christopher Signuineau who police caught red-handed chopping her with a Chinese chopper inside their home at Enterprise Street, Chaguanas.
On Friday at about 3.15 pm, Central Division Operational Unit police responded to a report of domestic violence and went to the house. After knocking on the door and no one answered, police heard the woman screaming for help. They went around the house and, through a glass door, saw Signuineau repeatedly chopping her.
Although the police called on him to stop, he continued, and police broke through the door and shot him.
They took Signuineu and Jeffrey to the Chaguanas health facility where he died.
After the death, people took to social media and hailed the police as heroes for rescuing the woman.
Snr Supt Seepersad, ASP Smith, Insp Gokool and other police visited the scene.
A senior policeman told Sunday Newsday, the children were not in the house during the brutal attack on their mother. Earlier in the day, their grandfather took them away and they have been staying with relatives since.
The policeman commended the responding officers for their swift response in dealing with the situation. Shooting Signuineau was "the only option at the time" given that it appeared he was unable to control his rage, the policeman said.
An autopsy is expected to be done on Tuesday at the Forensic Science Centre in St James.