May 24, 2009 News
He had fire in his eyes – Canadian
(By Mondale Smith)
A magistrate and other residents of Sunflower Square, South Ruimveldt Park, are breathing sighs of relief following the detention of a man whom they say terrorised their neighbourhood and destroyed property.
Described as “a deportee off his medication” the man went berserk yesterday morning and flooded his top flat apartment with water.
He then armed himself with a piece of wood and entered the apartment of a vacationing Canadian man who occupied the bottom flat of 180 Sunflower Square, and attacked and bit him and his female companion after forcing open the bedroom door.
“He barged in with the piece of wood and started to hit at the door and punched a hole in it. Then he bit her and when I tried to help, he bit me too. It was crazy; I thought he was gonna kill us,” said Faron Linden, the vacationing Canadian.
The woman clubbed him to his head with a bottle to break free from his grasp then he ventured onto the street where he grabbed and kissed another woman before dropping to his knees to profess his love for yet another woman, holding tight to her leg.
“He had fire in his eyes,” the Canadian added, pointing to the hole in the door created by the man. There was sand everywhere in the apartment.
The man, who appeared to be of unsound mind, next stopped at the home of former Magistrate Gordon Gilhuys at 190 Sunflower Square where he specifically wanted to meet the magistrate who happened to be out.
In a fit panic, the magistrate’s wife secured the doors and telephoned her husband because by then, the man had armed himself with a spade and a garden shears with which he dealt the Magistrate’s vehicles several blows, damaging the rear lights of both the Lexus and the Daihatsu.
Neighbours reported that the man waited for the Magistrate to come home, all the while menacingly waving the spade and shears.
There were blood smears on one of the vehicles which some said came from the man’s head.
The man called on the magistrate to come out when the latter did arrive in the company of police ranks. And he then man calmly put the spade and shears aside, walked out of the yard and was whisked away from the scene amidst talk of Dr (Bhiro) Harry giving him too many injections.
The man, who lived alone in the top flat of 180 Sunflower Square, was said to be a menace who allegedly always tried to grab and kiss girls in the neighbourhood.
One man said, “I glad they got he. I just hope that they send he off to the mad house.” His paramour was one of the victims of the man’s rampage yesterday. “The man hold on to she foot and tell she he could love she better than me.”
Magistrate Gilhuis said the man was arrested previously and was given medical attention through his intervention but has become more aggressive in recent days. He said, “These lights on my vehicles are expensive and I don’t know who will pay for them but I’m glad that they arrested him because somebody could have been killed.”
Reports are that the man was deported more than a year ago and had shared a relationship with a woman. However, according to one neighbour “he trip out and beat she and she and she son move out and leave he. Since then he just went down hill but this is the worse I’ve seen him.”
Magistrate Gilhuys chided the police saying that the incident could have been avoided had they responded to his call on Thursday.
HE said, “On May 20, I called the police after I got a report from my neighbour that the man was circling my vehicle with a big stone calling for me, but no one came until today.”
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