|MOM, BABY BEATEN |
NALINEE SEELAL Saturday, March 18 2017
TWO forest rangers on duty near the Mt St Benedict Monastery prevented the possible murder of a 32-year-old woman and her one-year-old daughter whom they rescued from two men who were savagely beating both mother and child on Thursday morning.
One of the men beat the woman with an iron wheel spanner.
The drama did not end there, as one of the two suspects was later nabbed at a police station where he had gone to make a false report of robbery committed against him. The woman, who is now warded in serious condition at hospital, became hysterical on seeing her attacker as she too was at the same police station making a report on the attack.
One of the suspects, is a man whom the woman had brought up in the Pt Fortin Magistrates Court for failure to maintenance for the one-year-old child.
The 33-year-old man pleaded with her not to pursue the court case, but said nothing would stop her from going to court the next day (yesterday).
The man later invited the woman to bring their daughter and accompany him to Chuck E Cheese eatery in Chaguanas.
On reaching Oropouche, Thursday afternoon, the man picked up a male friend and told the woman he (the second man) wanted a drop to Mt St Benedict. According to reports, shortly after 2 pm, the man stopped the car near a farm in Mt St Benedict.
Without warning, both men began to beat the woman with a wheel spanner even as she held her daughter. The baby, who also got some lashes, fell from her motherís arms and landed in the bush.
The screams of the woman and her child, alerted the two forest rangers who rest rangers who were on forest fire watch duty at the time.
When the rangers ran to the womanís assistance, both attackers jumped into the car which sped off.
The forest rangers contacted the Tunapuna police and took the badly bleeding woman and her daughter to the station.
While they were at the station, arrangements were being made to take the victim to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC) when the main suspect walked into the station to report he had been robbed.
The woman, on seeing her estranged lover, began screaming in the charge room.
The man was immediately detained. The woman was taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC) in Mt Hope where she was treated and remains warded at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Tests revealed she suffering multiple fractures to her head and there was swelling in the brain.
She was also treated at the Childrenís Hospital at the same institution and kept overnight for observation.
The victim was interviewed yesterday at her bedside by the investigators and gave a full statement to officers. A second suspect is being sought in connection with the brutal near fatal attack.
Both forest rangers have also given detailed statements to the police. Northern Division head Snr Supt Mc Donald Jacob praised the rangers for not turning a deaf ear to the womanís screams.
Charges of attempted murder, are being contemplated by police who continue their investigations into the incident.
The man remains in custody.