Wife dies days after alleged beating, husband in custody


A man is in custody assisting with investigations into the death of his wife, who died four days after she was allegedly beaten.

Dead is Janette Tahal, 58, of Smithfield, New Amsterdam. Tahal died at the Georgetown Hospital on Thursday.
Reports are that the now dead woman and her 60-year-old husband had an argument on Sunday last at their Lot 95 Smithfield home when he allegedly lashed her with a piece of wood several times.

In a semi-conscious state, the woman was picked by a friend who was visiting the home, and taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital, where she was stabilized and transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital.

The couple were involved in mobile vegetable vending, and, according to neighbours, they had frequent fights.

On Tuesday last, Police arrested her husband as he was on his way to the Georgetown Hospital. On Friday, Police were granted permission by the High Court to further detain him as the investigation continues.

Tahal has reportedly been cooperating with the Police. (Andrew Carmichael)


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