Man on the run after beating wife unconscious with hammer

A man remains on the run after he allegedly beat his common-law wife unconscious with a hammer at her family’s East Coast Demerara home last Wednesday.

The woman, Eurika Garraway has since regained consciousness and remains a patient at a private city hospital, where relatives say that she is communicating with them. They said that medical personnel at the hospital have listed her condition as stable.

Eurika Garraway

Garraway, 38, was beaten at her niece’s home at Non Pareil, East Coast Demerara on Wednesday, after she relented and opened the door to her partner, who had been threatening to break the windows if she did not let him in.

According to the woman’s relatives, the incident occurred several hours after Garraway left her Prashad Nagar home that she shared with the man. They said the couple had an argument about the woman visiting her relatives.

Wednesday’s ordeal, they said, was the worst incident in the frequently abusive relationship, which had previously resulted in Garraway leaving the shared home in February.

Garraway was discovered on a blood-soaked bed and although she thought she could recover without medical attention, she eventually lost consciousness and was rushed to the hospital. She sustained numerous wounds to her head.

Her relatives say the woman related that she was struck with a hammer and also stabbed with a knife and lost consciousness after suffering several blows.

According to the police, depending on the outcome of their probe, the man, who is a Regent Street cellular phone vendor, could be charged with felonious wounding.

If charged and convicted for feloniously wounding someone with intent to maim, disfigure, disable or cause any grievous bodily harm, the maximum penalty is life imprisonment and whipping/flogging. In most cases, however, most convicts are sentenced to lengthy prison terms.

Yesterday, the woman was recovering slowly from the ordeal at the city hospital and relatives were hopeful that her reputed husband would be apprehended and be placed before the courts soon.

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