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.
“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.
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