Corentyne man who burnt ex’s home in failed bid to murder her found hanging

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Investigators at the scene of the hanging

The Corentyne man who was being hunted by police for allegedly attempting to murder his reputed wife Owamawattie Alves and setting fire to her Babu John home on Wednesday last was on Tuesday morning discovered dead in Rose Hall.

Dead is Lionel Thomas, 50, of Ankerville, Port Mourant, Corentyne, Berbice.

Based on police information, at about 06:30hrs, his body was discovered hanging from a tree in his farm at Rose Hall Town, Corentyne by a passer-by.

On June 20, Thomas allegedly attempted to murder his ex-wife using a knife, a piece of wood and a broken glass before setting fire to the home she and her daughter, 17, lived in at Babu John, Berbice.

47-year-old, Alves also called Ann had to be treated at the Port Mourant Hospital after the near death experience.

Displaying injuries the mother of four told INews that after walking out of the 28-year-old relationship four years ago, her ex Thomas had been stalking her.

The remains the safe house that the woman was residing in following the fire

The woman and her 17-year-old daughter had been living in the three bedroom house for the past three months after the owner Mahindra Mangroo allowed them a place thinking it would be safe from Thomas.

Following the attack, Alves was reportedly rescued by villagers who quickly contacted the police.

However, by then, Thomas had managed to flee the scene into nearby bushes. It is alleged that he subsequently returned and set the home his ex was staying in on fire.

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