Oct 15, 2011 News
Thirty-one-year-old food vendor, John Blanchard, has been remanded to prison after he was charged with
the murders of his two children, Belika Blanchard and his five-year-old son Daniel Blanchard.
The accused made his appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry.
It is alleged that on October 11 at their Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara home, he killed the two. He also seriously wounded a third child.
Blanchard who was unrepresented only had the support of his youngest sister, Anne Blanchard. He is one of eight siblings in the Blanchard family.
Some time between 21:30 and 21:45 hours on Tuesday John Blanchard reportedly attacked his three children while they were asleep.
After a very brief appearance Blanchard was remanded to prison and is expected to make his next court appearance on November 1.
His other six year-old child Joy Blancahrd was also severely chopped. Up to press time the child was still clinging to life at the Georgetown Public Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.
It is believed that John carried out the act and then contacted his wife, Onica Blanchard, via phone as she was in Mahdia at the time.
Initial reports are that Mrs. Blanchard left her home in search of a better job in the mining location. This publication was told that the incident may have sparked by a telephone conversation he had with his wife minutes before the incident.
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