Bashed blood­ied

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A FAM­ILY ARE CRY­ING OUT for jus­tice to­day as one of itheir mem­bers re­mains hos­pi­talised, a vic­tim of al­leged do­mes­tic abuse.

And they are lash­ing out at the Royal Bar­ba­dos Po­lice Force, say­ing law­men did not act in a timely man­ner to pre­vent Satur­day’s in­ci­dent.

The sis­ter and other rel­a­tives of the vic­tim say the beaten mother of two had made “nu­mer­ous” com­plaints to Crab Hill, District “E” and Ho­le­town po­lice sta­tions about the same man prior to the in­ci­dent.

They noted up to two months ago, the vic­tim was is­sued a pro­tec­tion or­der against her for­mer lover, but that did not de­ter him be­cause, ac­cord­ing to rel­a­tives, he broke into the house mul­ti­ple times.

“One of the last times the po­lice came at the house, they told her to change her clothes and clean up her face be­cause her mouth was blood­ied, and they took her down to the sta­tion. In­stead of ar­rest­ing him at the time, they told him to get in his car and meet them at the po­lice sta­tion,” the sis­ter, who asked not to be iden­ti­fied, told the DAILY NA­TION.

De­fend­ing her­self

“She had hit him with an iron de­fend­ing her­self when he was beat­ing her, and he then pressed charges against her and she was charged al­though it was self-de­fence,” the sis­ter re­counted.

The sib­ling said that about 1 a.m. yes­ter­day, her sis­ter re­turned home and, be­cause of past ex­pe­ri­ences with her es­tranged lover, she searched her St Lucy home to en­sure no one had en­tered.

She said a short time later, her 32-year-old sis­ter dozed off but was awak­ened by her ex-boyfriend’s hands cov­er­ing her mouth.

The woman said the mother of two was then beaten about the head and face with what she be­lieved was a gun. The mother al­legedly suf­fered dam­age to her teeth; was sprayed with an in­sec­ti­cide, and lit and knocked un­con­scious. She re­ceived burns to the ears, back and both hands as she at­tempted to shield her face. She jumped out of a win­dow and ran to a neigh­bour’s house.

The sis­ter, who said the for­mer boyfriend was a for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer, was fed up that her sib­ling had to be hos­pi­talised be­fore au­thor­i­ties could take the mat­ter as se­ri­ously as they ought to.

“Her front teeth are gone, her lips have to get stitches . . . . She went for the CT scan. She is speak­ing but you had to be re­ally close to un­der­stand what she was say­ing be­cause — we are wait­ing on the X-ray – but be­cause of how her face is swollen, it looks like both of her jaws are bro­ken. My sis­ter, who is there, now telling me she’s look­ing through the door to see if he is com­ing for her,” the distressed woman lamented.

The woman called for jus­tice for her sis­ter, as well as other women who might be go­ing through the same thing.

“We can’t wait for all the women to die for some­thing to be done. Men get­ting away with this all the time. She has been go­ing to the po­lice nu­mer­ous times; I’ve been call­ing, she’s been call­ing, her lawyer has been call­ing . . . . And now one o’clock this morn­ing, we had to be go­ing through this when this could have been pre­vented.

‘Breached pro­tec­tion or­der’

“When he breached the [pro­tec­tion] or­der, he should have been locked up. What’s the sense of have re­strain­ing or­ders, some­body breach it and then noth­ing hap­pens? Is it be­cause he is an ex-cop that he got away with it?

You know what it is for a woman to be com­ing home ev­ery day and have to look un­der a ta­ble, a bed, pulling back shower cur­tains, look­ing in ev­ery cor­ner of the house just to see if she is okay to lay down and sleep?” the woman cried.

When con­tacted, act­ing po­lice pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer Sergeant Michael Black­man told the DAILY NA­TION he was not in pos­ses­sion of any in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to the mat­ter.

(GPS)

BAR­BA­DOS, WI THE BADLY-BEATEN woman at the hospi­tal yes­ter­day.In­set above, the vic­tim also suf­fered burns to the ears. BDS$1.35 THE NA­TION CARES

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