Jul 02, 2008 News Comments Off on Mora Point murder…Accused moved from Bartica Hospital to police lock-ups
Desmond Lawlist, a miner from Mora Point in the Mazaruni River, who beat and chopped his reputed wife, Cynthia Andrews, before tying her up and setting the house which she was in on fire, on June 30, has apparently been moved from the Bartica Hospital to the Bartica Police Station lockups.
Lawlist claimed that he had ingested a toxic substance when he was apprehended hiding in some bushes near the house he had set ablaze.
He was subsequently taken to the Bartica Hospital, where the contents of his stomach were pumped out. He apparently stayed there for the night under Police guard.
The cause of the horrific incident seems to have been a domestic dispute. The couple had been to the Bartica Police Station earlier the same day.
Sources say that Andrews wanted to end the relationship. After they had spoken to the Police, they were apparently sent home by the Police to resolve their squabble.
Upon returning home, Lawlist allegedly began to beat his reputed wife. The beating soon escalated to chopping; and eventually Lawlist set the house afire, leaving the woman tied up inside.
The charred remains of Cynthia Andrews were discovered by ranks of the Guyana Police Force early yesterday morning when they resumed their search for the body. The onset of night the day before forced the ranks to abandon their search for the body.
The seemingly unresponsiveness of the Police in terms of matters of domestic violence has been observed by the Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee.
“Police may have a non-supportive attitude which is justified in that the very rank is a product of our society and condones violence against women… weakness observed was the reluctance of Police to be aggressively involved in taking and follow-up on complaints of domestic violence”
This horrific incident comes only weeks after Simone Fiedtkou, who had been in an abusive common-law relationship, was brutally chopped about the body by her reputed husband, after repeated reports had been made to the local Police authorities.
Local Police authorities have sought to contend that, while Fiedtkou had lodged two reports against her reputed husband, Duncan Alleyne, he had also filed one against her.
The report filed against Fiedtkou stated that, in November 2003, she went to the home of Onika Marslow, who also has a child with Alleyne.
An argument ensured, during which she bit off a piece of Marslow’s ear. Fiedtkou was charged in February 2004 for inflicting grievous bodily harm.
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