|HANDS CHOPPED OFF |
By Cecily Asson Monday, March 7 2016
A SOUTH TRINIDAD woman remains warded in critical condition, teetering on the brink of death, at the San Fernando General Hospital after she was chopped so brutally, that both her hands were severed at the wrist and an arm almost chopped off during a cutlass attack by a man whom she knew. The woman was chopped repeatedly as she slept on a bed in her home on Saturday.
The vicious attack on accounts clerk Jennifer Rampersad is the latest in a series of domestic violence acts perpetrated against the nation’s women by men whom they knew and had a close relationship with. Rampersad’s attack comes hours after Amina Mohammed’s body was found in bushes with her throat slit. A third woman, Rachael Chadee, remains in hospital after she was forced to drink acid, doused with the corrosive liquid and slashed across her face.
Doctors have to police investigators that if Rampersad survives, she will never be able to drive her car again as both of her hands were chopped off during the incident at her her New Grant home. The hands, Newsday was told, could not be reattached. One of her fingers was found on the bloodstained mattress, after the assault. It is believe that a sharpened cutlass, which Rampersad kept in the house for her protection, was used on her as it is now missing.
Rampersad, of Sancho Road, New Grant, remains warded at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the San Fernando General Hospital (SFGH). Last Friday, Rampersad traded in her used vehicle and drove home with a new van which she parked downstairs her two-storey house. Up to yesterday, relatives said she was still unconscious having also been chopped so deeply across her head, that there is a gaping hole.
Up to last night, she was in surgery with surgeons trying to save one of her arms which is hanging by strands of flesh and skin.
There were no signs of forced entry into the heavily burglar-proofed house. Rampersad’s mother Irma Soodeen, 72, who slept in an adjoining room, was awakened at 1.40 am, by her daughter’s screams on Saturday morning. On checking, she found her on the floor covered in blood trying to crawl with bloody stumps where her hands used to be. Soodeen raised an alarm and neighbours rushed over.
A report was made to police and officers led by Supt Rajkumar arrived on the scene.
Rampersad was rushed to the Princes Town District Health Facility where she was treated before being transferred to the SFGH. When Newsday visited the victim’s home yesterday, relatives were mopping blood stained floors while others were wiping splotches of blood from the walls.
Rampersad’s bloodstained mattress was leaning against a wall.
Cupboard doors were smeared in blood. Nearby, Rampersad’s sister Devi Soodeen stood sobbing as she watched family members cleaning up. “Why would someone do that to my sister? God, I have never seen so much blood...is blood and more blood everywhere,” she cried.
“She (Jennifer) is a very independent woman who works hard. She owns her own home and vehicle.
If she was home today, she would have been at Miracle Ministries worshipping with Pastor Winston Cuffie,” Soodeen said. She added that her sister did not have any children and five years ago, her husband Deochan Rampersad, died.
“They were all asleep when someone entered the house and took the cutlass and went into her room. It look like after she got chopped on the head, she tried to prevent more chops and lifted her hands to her face. The man chopped off both hands. Two of her fingers were chopped off. There were patched of hair with on it on the mattress. It’s one bloody hell in here,” she said.
WOMEN’S DAY The attack on Rampersad came three days before Trinidad and Tobago joins the world in celebrating International Women’s Day tomorrow. Rampersad’s attacker, police said, who is from the New Grant area, has been detained and is assisting police in their investigations.
Investigators believe that the intruder is known to Jennifer and may have had a key to the house. Police have also noted, that Jennifer had reported to family members that she had forgotten the keys to her house in the vehicle she had earlier traded in.
Newsday was also told, that she was expected to meet with someone on Saturday to collect the keys The attack on Jennifer comes on the heels of the murder of Amina Mohammed, 30, a geriatric nurse of Lalbeharry Trace, Debe, who was found with her throat slit at the side of the road on the outskirts of San Fernando last Friday evening. Mohammed, a mother of two, was divorced and was expected to attend the Princes Town Magistrates’ court in a domestic related matter, sometime this week.
An autopsy will be carried out today at the Forensic Science Centre in St James. Meanwhile, still warded in serious but stable condition at the SFGH, is mother of three Rachael Chadee, 35, who was forced to ingest acid when on February 22, an estranged male relative broke into the family’s house at La Romaine and locked her in a room .
Chadee’s mother, Doris, stood helplessly outside the room while her daughter was being attacked.
The man also threw acid on her and chopped the woman in the face. Chadee, who remains under police guard at SFGH, can barely speak because of the damage done to her throat. Roger Bissoo has been deemed a “Wanted Man” by police in connection with the acid-attack, but remains in hiding.
Sgt Ramlogan is investigation Saturday’s chopping of Jennifer.
One of the themes for this year’s International Women’s Day is, gender equality.