– Suspect under guard at GPHC with stab wounds
By Latoya Giles
A 24-year-old woman was killed by her lover shortly before lunch yesterday. Dead is Sheurma Mentore of 13 Dennis Street, ‘D’ Field, Sophia. According to reports, the victim was chopped to the neck, stomach and hand. The woman’s lifeless body was discovered lying in a pool of blood at the back of her yard, by her three-year-old brother.
The victim’s cousin Selma Cordis told this newspaper that Mentore became involved with the suspect almost a year ago. Cordis said that her cousin endured several months of abuse at the hands of the assailant. The woman told Kaieteur News that she was told that her cousin and the suspect, who hails from Essequibo, were seen arguing.
According to Cordis, Sheurma Mentore left and went upstairs but later came down, since the suspect asked her to do something. Relatives said that after the woman went downstairs, they heard no noise or anything to suggest that something was wrong. That was up until Mentore’s three-year-old brother went at the back and alerted older relatives who were inside of the house. The young child yesterday spoke of seeing the suspect “chopping” Mentore.
An alarm was raised and neighbours quickly called the police, but by that time the suspect had already escaped. However, almost two hours after the incident happened, the suspect turned up at the Georgetown Hospital with stab wounds to the chest and abdomen. He was immediately rushed to surgery. He remained there last evening.
Relatives yesterday spoke about various incidents when the suspect would abuse Mentore. One relative told Kaieteur News that while the woman was in the interior, the suspect had assaulted her and was warned not to return to the mining camp. The relative further stated that on many occasions the suspect threatened to harm the young woman, after she tried many times to end the relationship. Mentore never reported the matter to the police and would not admit to relatives when questioned about the abuse.
Meanwhile, the police in a press statement said that they were “investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of itinerant vendor Sheurma Mentore”. According to the police, “the woman’s body was found behind her home with wounds to her throat at about 11:45h yesterday.
The suspect, with whom the deceased shared a common-law relationship, was later found by the police at the GPHC where he is receiving medical attention for injuries to his throat, chest and abdomen”.
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