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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.

5 Responses to Man charged for chopping woman

  1. Aldo December 30, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Men that brutally attacks women like that, is a coward and need to be incarcerated for a long time. Redicoulous

  2. bernard and india walker December 31, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Now couples therapy was on NOW list of thongs to do for them i hope . Stomping feet never fixes the broken sink . In about 30days . Usa court will let our idea of upgrades get a trail run .

  3. seagul December 31, 2014 at 10:23 am

    I’m sure this man is a grandfather. Those grandchildren of his are taking in a sad impact on their lives. In this 21 st century all perpetrators of violence, especially domestic should be severely dealt with. With the kind of tough legislature to show that women must be respected. Not just lip service for this scourge to continue and shameless lawyers to profit.

  4. Patrick Blackman December 31, 2014 at 11:57 am

    This has been going on for years. I remember there use to be places where men took their women to “share lashes” as we use to say back then and everyone knew about it. Also the police use to say that they don’t get involved in domestic disputes as well. Now today this crap continues.

    We have to enforce the laws of this country, any domestic violence should be addressed by the police and mandatory charges should be filed regardless of the victim’s desire to “sort it out or not to file charges”. Then and only then can this crap stop.

    These ignorant men and women need to understand that because you may be financially dependent on the assailant it doesn’t mean to have to accept this crap. Once he or she assault you, he or she will do it again.

  5. Maxine Baker December 31, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Again, I will say that as women when choosing men we have to look carefully at why we may have become attracted to a particular man. What is the main reason for entering the relationship? Do you know anything about his family life – mother, father, culture, how he was raised? What general comments have you heard him make thus far about women and violence? What is your view of life? Does he seem to fit into what you are working towards? Do you plan to use him as a stepping stone only to another level of your life? What is your general view of men? Do you regard your body as the Temple of the Christ Spirit? Would you say that you do respect yourself? What is your mode of language? Does your mode synchronize with that of the man on whom you have your eyes? What do you think about leading-on men and then treating them in the same way that their mothers had treated them (terribly)?

    Mothers. why are your sons overly violent? What general thoughts did you repeatedly generate while you had been carrying him in your womb thiose many years ago? Are you aware that your dominant thoughts throughout your pregnancy had much to do with shaping his personality even before he was born? When you saw signs of violence in him between the ages of 1 and 5 did you do anything to minimize the escalation of that kind of behaviour in him or did you like others gleefully remarked: “He is a real lil’ man”?

    Mothers, did you curse your sons? How often did you tell them that they were going to be like their fathers – who were serving time in prison? How many times did you tell them that they would never “get na way in life”? How many of you refused to chastise them when they offended against others instead of “cursing” those others?

    Fathers, many of you (who were capable of) ran away instead of standing close and assisting in the proper raising of these now violent men. You will have to carry the burden for your irresponsibility. Many days you will look around for someone to care for you and you will remember – with tears in your eyes, the little boy with whom you refused to bond simply because you had other interests other than a relationship with his mother. IT WAS NOT A SUITABLE EXCUSE. WHEN THE TIME COMES FOR YOU TO NEED HIS CARE HE WOULD NOT BE AROUND – EVEN IF HE WANTS TO DO SO. As you sow that shall you also reap.


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