Less than an hour after he was released from
police custody for beating his reputed wife, a
42-year-old carpenter torched the family’s Farm
squatting area, West Bank Demerara home. It was
just after 17: 00 hrs yesterday.
Ramlill and her sons
The small house was burnt flat and the
suspect’s wife said that nothing was saved. The
alleged arsonist, who was drunk at the time,
remained at the scene and was arrested by the
police. There are reports that he ingested a small
quantity of kerosene.
Rianna Ramlill, the suspect’s reputed wife, said
that the torching of the home, which was built by
her father, came after she had suffered some 17
years of physical abuse at the hands of her
spouse. Ms. Ramlill alleged that her
husband knew carpentry but seldom worked and drank
heavily. She said that he also used drugs.
He was violent and had once beaten her so severely
that she suffered a broken hand. However, she
never reported him to the police and remained in
the relationship because of her children, she
said. The couple has two sons, aged 13 and 14.
Rianna said that the man’s abuse became
unbearable so she left the home last August.
Later, she said that she decided to “try with
him”, and eventually returned four months later.
But the abuse continued and after he beat her on
Sunday, and allegedly threatened to kill the
family and torch the home, she went to the
Providence Police Station. The ranks detained him.
She also went to stay at a neighbour’s home.
Ms. Ramlill said that she was at her neighbours
around 15:00 hrs yesterday when she heard her
husband calling the couple’s sons.
“He ask when we coming home and I say that we
not coming home till we go to court tomorrow
The woman said that they watched as her
intoxicated husband staggered into the house.
Minutes later, the woman said that she saw smoke
emanating from the building and her husband
“We see the smoke and by the time we reach, the
house burn,” she said. Ramlill said that the
suspect was too intoxicated to leave the scene and
was still outside the house when police arrived
and took him away.
March 02, 2010