Shock waves were sent through the community of Number 77 Village, Corentyne, Berbice on Tuesday evening after a heated argument between a couple escalated into an irate husband hacking his wife to death in full view of their children.
Dead is Bindrawattie Sumwar, 39, also called ‘Sharda’ of Number 77 Village Housing Scheme in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).
Reports are that the now dead woman, a domestic worker, had an argument with her 30-year-old husband who is unemployed.
Neighbours said they were alerted by screams and saw the woman covered in blood being chased around the yard by her husband, who repeatedly chopped her.
The woman reportedly collapsed after receiving several chops and died in the yard.
According to neighbours, as the irate man chopped his wife, their helpless 13 and 17-year-old children were heard shouting at their father to stop.
According to a report in today’s Guyana Times, one of the children ran out of the yard screaming, “Daddy deh chopping Mummy and she ain’t moving.”
The first to arrive at the scene was Sumwar’s sister, Oma, who said she found her sister’s lifeless body in the yard.
Oma said the Police arrived moments after and arrested the suspect.
Meanwhile, INews understands that the couple had been together for some 10 years during which time the husband did not work. Neighbours said it was an abusive relationship, with the suspect constantly accusing his wife of infidelity.
Police, in a statement issued late last night, said the incident occurred at about 16:40hrs yesterday when Sumwar was involved in a domestic argument with her reputed husband during which she was chopped about her body with a cutlass.
The Police said she was pronounced ‘dead on arrival’ at the Skeldon Hospital, Berbice. The suspect has been arrested and is in police custody assisting with the investigations.