Woman chopped to death, daughter injured in Red Hills Road attack
A woman is now dead and her daughter injured after a macabre machete and arson attack on Red Hills Road in St Andrew on Monday.
The woman, 51-year-old Cecelia Robinson-Lawrence, a domestic helper of Red Hills Road, was attacked by an enraged man, believed to be her spouse, who allegedly tied her up before sexually assaulting her.
When the attacker was finished, he chopped the woman several times before setting a bed on fire with his bound and gagged victim on it and unable to move, residents of the surrounding community told Loop News.
The woman’s daughter, said the residents, heard the commotion and rushed to assist her mother, but was met with a chop to the face by Robinson-Lawrence’s attacker before he fled the scene.
The daughter was subsequently treated and released from the hospital.
The police reported that the incident occurred at minutes before noon.
The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the police force said a positive identity has not yet been ascertained for the suspected perpetrator, but that investigators have launched a manhunt to bring him to justice.
The incident was condemned by National Security Minister, Dr Horace Chang who, in a statement, sought to reassure the public that interpersonal violence, particularly domestic violence, is a top priority of the local law enforcement network.
“We urge the public to fully embrace the ministry’s anti-violence campaign ‘LIV GUD’, which, among other things, seeks to promote better conflict resolution and early intervention in some of these domestic matters,” Chang stated in the release to the media.