Man charged for chopping woman
Lawmen have charged 58-year-old Jeffrey Brathwaite with yesterday’s violent cutlass attack on the mother of his children.
Brathwaite of Fairfield Road, Carrington Village, is expected to appear in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court tomorrow to answer a charge of committing serious bodily harm on Cherry Ann Lashley.
Police public relations officer Acting Assistant Superintendent David Welch said the incident occurred around 5 pm, during an altercation at a house which they share.
Barbados TODAY understands that two fingers on the victim’s left hand were severed and the same hand was also broken. She also received numerous chop wounds about the body and had to undergo surgery this morning.
The latest attack has caused outrage within the National Organization of Women (NOW) with President Marilyn Rice-Bowen issuing a call for the situation to be dealt with differently and effectively.
Rice-Bowen is convinced that greater focus must be placed on finding help for the perpetrators.
“Although we are appalled, we are not faint hearted; we will continue to work in the interest of women and girls. But there is a need for us to maybe just shift our approach a bit and see what can be done to assist our men. We can’t do it with talk alone, it has to be done through coordinated action,” she said.
Earlier this month, Marva Ward was also viciously attacked by the father of her children near Sky Mall, Haggatt Hall, St Michael. She has been warded at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital recovering since being rushed there in critical condition on December 10.
Rice-Bowen said Ward was “coming around”.
“She is healing . . . It’s going to take a long time but she is getting very good care at the hospital and she is also getting psychological help, because what she went through was really, really rough. Her children are being looked after so she is a lot more relaxed. I won’t say she is in high spirits but she is okay, she is coming around,” she disclosed.
She said the executive of NOW has been visiting Ward and was able to make two of her wishes come true for Christmas.
“She wanted two things – she wanted to meet the policeman who saved her life and that was coordinated on site and the policeman was so happy that he came the same day. That really made her day a lot lighter. And she wanted a cellphone so that she could communicate with her children and we got one donated by LIME with $250 credit.”
Back in August, Margaret Christopher, 27, was also viciously attacked by her former companion, as she disembarked from a bus at Parris Hill, St Joseph with her six-year-old son.