Shanta Devi Chanderpaul, the reputed wife who was stabbed two Tuesdays ago by a violent lover she was reportedly afraid to leave, succumbed to her injuries at around 13:00 hrs yesterday.
Her alleged killer remains on the run, and some of the victim’s relatives believe that things would have been different, had police and the courts treated previous reports of assault more seriously.
Chanderpaul, 36, of ‘C’ Field Sophia, was stabbed in the region of the right breast and abdomen at around 19:30 hrs on October 22, shortly after disembarking from a bus near her home. The mother of seven was also slashed to the face, while her attacker fled.
Relatives identified the suspect as a ‘C’ Field, Sophia resident who lived a short distance from the house where the victim lived with her reputed husband and their children. Kaieteur News understands that Chanderpaul had an affair with the suspect about two years ago.
But relatives said that the man repeatedly beat, threatened and even accosted Chanderpaul at her workplace.
The woman’s 13-year-old daughter told Kaieteur News that she and her mother had just exited a bus in ‘C’ Field, Sophia at around 19:00 hrs on October 22, when the suspect, who was armed with a knife, ran out of a shop and confronted her mother.
According to the daughter, the man said, ‘Look how long I want jook yuh and kill yuh,’ before stabbing her mother and slashing her face. She said that her mother collapsed while her attacker fled. The girl said that she ran home and alerted relatives, who took her mother by taxi to the Georgetown Public Hospital. She was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.
However, Chanderpaul took her own discharge last Sunday.
Clarence De Florimonte, the woman’s reputed husband, said that on Monday, he observed that his reputed wife’s stomach and face were swollen and that she could barely stand. He then took her back to the hospital, where she was again placed in the Intensive Care Unit.
“The doctor called me that night and said that she was critical and he didn’t know if she would make it,” Mr. De Florimonte said. Another relative who visited the woman on Wednesday said that her condition worsened and she was bleeding through the nose and mouth.
At around 13:00 hrs yesterday, relatives were informed that she had succumbed.
Clarence De Florimonte confirmed that Chanderpaul would repeatedly leave their home to live with the suspect.
“She would leave home to go with him and the only thing that would bring her back is blows,” he said. Mr. De Florimonte alleged that the man once beat Chanderpaul in front of her residence. But he believes that she repeatedly went back to the suspect because she was afraid of him.
“If he don’t see her two morning he would reach at her work-place or at her home. She was afraid. The man (once) come till in front of my house and beat she.” He reportedly also threatened the couple’s children.
Kaieteur News was also told the suspect had once attacked the couple with a knife, stabbing Mr. De Florimonte on the forehead and wounding his reputed wife in the back.
Accusing the courts of treating the matter lightly, Mr. De Florimonte said that his wife’s ex-lover was placed on a bond to keep the peace in connection with the stabbing incident and granted bail on the assault charge.
“If they had thrown the man in jail, my wife would have been alive today,” he said.
Relatives also alleged that despite “umpteen” reports, ranks at the Sophia Police Outpost repeatedly failed to respond when the man assaulted his spouse or made threats against the family.
A relative said that ranks at the outpost would claim that no vehicles were available to go out on the reports. Relatives said that they had received reports that the suspect was in ‘C’ Field, Sophia, yesterday, but were again told that no vehicle was available.
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