Woman survives attempted murder/suicide in Clarendon
The May Pen police in Clarendon are investigating an attempted murder-suicide in Pleasant Valley in the parish on Sunday morning.
Arising from the incident, a woman was found with several chop wounds, while her boyfriend, who is believed to have set their house on fire, was found dead among the rubble by firefighters.
The deceased man has been identified as 28-year-old Mark Riley of Pleasant Valley.
Initial reports are that about 4:15 a.m., residents heard screams coming from the house, which was seen engulfed in flames.
The residents went to investigate and on their arrival, the woman was found suffering from stab wounds, with her throat partially slashed.
With the help of the police, she was assisted to the hospital, where she remains in critical condition.
Meanwhile, the residents had alerted the fire department, which responded and extinguished the blaze. During the cooling down operations, Riley's burnt body was found among the rubble.
It has been theorised that he attacked the woman while she slept, and then set the house ablaze.
Meanwhile, the police are renewing their appeal for potential victims of domestic violence to seek the necessary intervention through the police, church, court or other support groups. Additionally, they can seek assistance at the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) Domestic Violence Intervention Centres at the following locations:
• The Area 5 Headquarters at 1-3 Cassava Piece Road, Constant Spring Road, St Andrew. The contact numbers are 876-702-5120 or 876-702-5121.
• The Matilda’s Corner Police Station at 115 Old Hope Road, Kingston 6. The contact number is 876-978-6003.
Citizens can also visit the nearest police station or call the police 119 emergency number.