NA vendor succumbs after beating by husband

A fifty-eight-year-old vendor died at the Georgetown Public Hospital last Thursday, just days after she was allegedly beaten by her abusive husband at New Amsterdam, Berbice.

Dead is Janette Tahal, who was a resident of Smithfield, New Amsterdam.

The 60-year-old suspect, her husband, was arrested by the police. The High Court on Friday granted the police an extension of his detention. He is likely to be charged tomorrow.

The fatal beating occurred between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning and Tahal was subsequently taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital before being transferred to the Georgetown hospital.

A post-mortem examination revealed that she died as a result of perforation of the lungs, compounded by blunt trauma to the head.

Stabroek News was told that the elderly couple were involved in an argument, during which the husband reportedly armed himself with a piece of wood and dealt Tahal several blows about her body. The man was known to have abused Tahal but she never made a report to the police.

 

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