3 in Cus­tody for Chop­ping

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Three men were be­ing ques­tioned by po­lice on Thurs­day, fol­low­ing a chop­ping in­ci­dent in Soufriere. The at­tack, which oc­curred on the evening of Wed­nes­day 20th Jan­uary, re­port­edly stemmed from a land dis­pute be­tween the vic­tim and his at­tack­ers. As a re­sult Stephen Melius, 36, was said to be in crit­i­cal con­di­tion at the hos­pi­tal af­ter he was chopped by the men.

Melius, from Esper­ance, Soufriere was re­turn­ing from his farm when he was at­tacked. He was dis­cov­ered ly­ing in a pool of blood close to the Mocha Bridge, Fond St. Jac­ques at around 7:00 p.m. and was bleed­ing pro­fusely from the head.

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