Burnt Sophia woman dies, spouse arrested
One week after she was allegedly set alight by her reputed husband, Latoya Jones on Wednesday succumbed to her injuries in the Burns Care Unit at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).
Jones, 25, of ‘B’ Field Sophia, was badly burnt about her body last week, reportedly by her reputed husband, following an argument over a pack of milk which she claimed was given to her by a female friend.
According to information, the mother of four succumbed at around 20:00 hrs Wednesday. She had received severe burns on her neck, hands, back, abdomen, and right foot.
On Monday, when Kaieteur News visited Jones at the hospital, she was pleading with the authorities to put her husband behind bars. She claimed that her husband thought that the pack of milk was given to her by another man.
She claimed that her husband was a constant abuser. She said that last week, after several nights of quarrels and threats, her husband allegedly forced her to hold a lighted lamp and then threw gas on her.
The reputed husband has since been arrested and is likely to face charges. Meanwhile, police in a statement yesterday, confirming her death, gave her name as Carmelita Jones, 24 years. Jones, the police said, reportedly suffered severe burns at her home on September 18 after it was alleged that her reputed husband, Melroy Simpson, 34 years, threw a flammable liquid on her while she was holding a lamp that was lit at the time.
Simpson was charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm on September 21, 2012, and had appeared at the Sparendaam Magistrate Court where he was placed on $200,000.00 bail.
He was since been re-arrested and is in police custody.