A Barrackpore man chopped his wife several times and then took his own life by ingesting a poisonous substance, last night.

Vashti Seuraj-Sookram, 31, a housewife, currently is in a critical condition at the San Fernando General Hospital.

The incident occurred around 10 pm.

Guardian Media understands that David Sookram, 38, was arguing with his wife outside their Kanhai Road South home, when he chopped her several times with a cutlass, and she collapsed on the ground. He then grabbed a bottle with a white liquid and drank it. Sookram ran to the back of the house where he died.

Police said Seuraj-Sookram suffered wounds to her right wrist, left arm and back.

PC Sulliman of the Barrackpore Police Station is investigating.