husband hangs self after chopping wife
By Shirley Thomas
at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) were up to late
last night battling to save the life of a 27-year old mother of
four, brutally hacked by her reputed husband who, following the
attack, hung himself with a cement sling from the roof of their
bedroom at Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo.
tragedy struck just hours after the mother turned 27.
is Abdool Hafeez, 33, a cane harvester of Lot 12, Tuschen Highway.
His reputed wife, Agnes Henry, formerly of Waramuri, North West, was
rushed to the GPHC shortly after 03:00 h yesterday nursing multiple
chop wounds to the head and other parts of her body.
was last night unconscious after emergency surgery and hospital
officials said she urgently needed five pints of blood.
said the incident was triggered Tuesday night when Abdool, who was
known to be ‘troubling with his nerves’, apparently
‘tripped’ and became violent in the home, chopping the woman
with a sharpened cutlass he had in his room.
said the entire ordeal was witnessed by the couple’s eldest
daughter, Bibi Shameeza, 10, who, along with the other three
siblings, shared the modest wooden one bedroom home with their
CHOPPED: Agnes Henry
The dead man’s mother, Bibi Shahidan Khan, told the Guyana
Chronicle her son had been suffering the `nerves’ condition for
several years, and was placed on medication to retain his sanity.
said he probably drank too much alcohol during the Christmas
holidays and began ‘acting up’.
Tuesday, out of caution, his wife Agnes took him to the West
Demerara Hospital where he was treated and given saline because of
his dehydrated condition.
said the couple returned home from the hospital around 17:00 and
Abdool began nagging his wife and hurling threats at her. That
behaviour continued throughout the night, despite pleadings from
both the wife and his mother.
grief stricken mother, who lives in the front house in the yard,
said it was shortly before 03:00 h yesterday that the commotion in
the couple’s house behind hers intensified. She said she
eventually heard Agnes saying to her husband: “Come leh awe hug up
and go sleep.”
SHAHIDAN KHAN, right, and the couple’s four children
The young woman apparently went into the bed with him, and that was
when he began attacking her.
Khan said she heard her daughter-in-law screaming and shouting for
help. Frantically, the elderly woman said, she ran over and banged
at the door pleading with him to open up, but he refused.
She said she sought the help of a younger brother, but the door was
shut tight from inside.
they heard what they perceived to be chops being dealt to the woman.
This went on for several minutes, and it was not until the woman
rolled off the bed and he figured her to be dead, that Abdool ceased
chopping and decided to take his own life.
said the apparently deranged man climbed onto his bed and suspended
himself from the roof where his body was found hanging.
house in which the woman was chopped and Abdool hung himself
The terrified 10-year old then opened up the door and let her
grandmother and uncle inside. On beholding the tragedy and the room
spattered with blood, they immediately sought help and summoned the
The badly wounded woman was rushed to the GPHC and Abdool taken to
the West Demerara Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Henry, sister of the wounded woman, who spoke with the Guyana
Chronicle at the GPHC, said that for the greater part of 15 years,
her sister had experienced a stormy relationship with the now dead
man who inflicted violence on her.
beatings, she often sought refuge at her sister’s home, but would
return home when the storm was over, she said.
leaves to mourn his mother Bibi Shahidan Khan, wife Agnes, children
Bibi Shameeza 10; Rahman, seven; Adil, six, Sheneeza, two; two
bothers and one sister.
January 04, 2007