A 39-year-old woman from Braes River in St. Elizabeth was attacked, chopped and part of her hand severed after she refused the sexual advance of a man from her community.
The incident occurred on the night New Year’s Eve according to residents in the area.
Up to news time Margie Samuels remained in hospital.
According to residents Samuels was on her way to a shop in the area when the man pounced on her. He chopped her several times severing the right hand at the wrist.
It is not clear if the hand can be saved.
One resident Tianna gave an account of what happened: “a man was there trying to have a conversation with her but wasn’t giving him the talk he wanted to hear. She told him to stop talk in her face the man feel disrespected go for his lass (machete) and chop her repeatedly the right hand chopped off in the wrist and the left one chopped too”.
Kay another resident said the woman was saved when the attacker’s son threw stones at him. The man was reportedly set upon by a mob and beaten.
He was rescued by the police and was taken to hospital for treatment of his injuries. However, residents torched his house.
The woman who is a mother of two is occasionally employed.
Residents said that the man had threatened her shortly before the incident occurred but she did not take it serious as she did not believe that she had done anything to hurt the man.
During the latter part of last year, the country has been rocked by news of women being brutally killed or seriously injured for ending common-law relationships with their partners.
This is unusual in that the persons in this incident were neighbours.