Former teacher dies after being set alight by husband
A 24-year-old resident of Murray’s Point, Essequibo River, is dead almost two weeks after she was set alight in a shop in the hinterland.
Ruth Peters, a mother of one, is a former teacher of the Bartica Secondary School and resident of Murray’s Point, an area located opposite the Mazaruni Prisons.
The woman died around 01:00hr Thursday at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation while receiving medical treatment for severe burns to her body.
On September 16, last, Peters and her 29-year-old reputed husband reportedly had a heated quarrel at a shop that they operated in the Piari gold mining area, Puruni, Region Seven.
In a fit of rage, the man allegedly doused his wife with gasoline and set her alight. He too was burnt after gasoline spilled onto his torso. Both were taken to the Bartica Public Hospital.
The badly injured woman was, however, later referred to the GPHC for further medical attention.
Her reputed husband is still at the Bartica Hospital, under police guard, reportedly in a serious condition.
The couple has a two-year-old daughter.
Peters, in 2008, was a first-year student at the Cyril Potter College of Education. (Edward A Persaud)