Trinidad – Granny struck by car, chopped by ex-lover
PORT OF SPAIN –– A 49-year-old Point Fortin grandmother was struck by a car and chopped multiple times yesterday. The suspect in
the attack is a jealous ex-lover against whom she had taken out a restraining order.
Debbie Maude Antoine, a mother of three and grandmother of two, of Southern Gardens, is in hospital in stable but serious condition.
The suspect, a 52-year-old school security guard of Limehead Road, Cedros, was captured by police officers with the help of residents who rescued the woman.
According to police, at around 5 p.m. Antoine was leaving her home in the company of a male friend. Police said the suspect had left his workplace with his Toyota Cressida, and parked near Antoine’s home.
As Antoine was exiting her premises, the suspect struck her with his vehicle, then attacked her with a cutlass. The suspect chopped Antoine on the right arm, shoulder and head.
Her male friend was unharmed. Antoine’s screams alerted neighbours who ran to her rescue, and the suspect attempted to escape in
However, neighbours contacted police and surrounded the area where he hid.
A party of police officers of the Point Fortin CID, led by Sergeant Darryl Corrie, and Point Fortin Task Force arrived on the scene and detained the man.
A bloody cutlass and a knife were found, police said.
Antoine was taken by ambulance to the Point Fortin Area Hospital, then transferred to the San Fernando General Hospital where she underwent emergency surgery.
The suspect is expected to be charged with attempted murder.
Police said Antoine and the suspect had shared a relationship for 23 years, until she ended it last year.
In April, 2014, she took out a restraining order against him, but police said they continued to communicate. The suspect is expected to appear before a Point Fortin magistrate tomorrow.