A Wallerfield man is being treated for chop wounds he received when he allegedly broke into a man's house and attempted to rape his girlfriend earlier today.
Police said the man entered the Moonan Road, Wallerfield, home at around 5.45 am and sexually assaulted the 18-year-old woman, using a gun to intimidate her.
The woman told police that her attacker fell asleep after the assault. She used that opportunity to alert her boyfriend who took a cutlass and attempted to subdue him.
A fight began and the suspect was chopped several times.
Police were called in and they took the suspect to the Arima Hospital where he is warded in stable condition.
A gun was seized at the scene.
Investigators said the woman and her attacker were involved in a relationship months ago.