Moments after chopping the mother of his two children, the body of Mahendra Persaud of Five Door Sluice, Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara (EBD) was discovered. It is believed that he took his own life by ingesting a poisonous substance.
The victim, 38-year-old Amrita Singh also called “Asha” is now nursing chops to her hands, back and chest which were inflicted by the now dead man who went berserk on Monday night. He reportedly began chopping the woman in the presence of their two children, ages 10 and 14.
The children were unharmed after they managed to escape the attack and were rescued by neighbours.
Singh, who was treated and discharged from the Diamond Diagnostic Centre told related that her common-law husband of 10 years returned home on Monday evening from Essequibo where he went to visit his siblings. When he returned home, he started an argument and attempted to give her and the children ‘carbon tablets’ to drink.
Singh noted that after she refused, he collected the machete and started to chop her about the body. She nevertheless, barred with her hands as she ordered her children to escape.
After putting up a fight with Persaud, she eventually overpowered him and ran out of the house.
“I run to a neighbour house and they saved me…after I start to bleed, they called a car and carry me to the hospital… at that time too, I see my children were safe so I jumped in the car and went,” the injured woman stated.
It was until this morning, she received news that Persaud was found dead.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing.