Reshma Kanchan ... chopped to death by ex-lover on Tuesday

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Police are yet to interrogate a Siparia electrician suspected of murdering Reshma Kanchan a week ago.

Investigators said the suspect remains in a stable condition at the San Fernando General Hospital as he allegedly slit his throat after murdering Kanchan near her Laltoo Trace home.

Police said the injuries were life-threatening, but doctors managed to save his life. Doctors may discharge the suspect later today or tomorrow following a review of his condition. Detectives from the Homicide Bureau of Investigations will then take custody and carry out several interviews.According to reports, Kanchan, 25, left her home along Laltoo Trace Extension shortly before 9 am for her Unemployment Relief Programme job at a school in Debe.

While walking along Laltoo Trace, the suspect, who she previously shared a relationship with, ambushed her on the roadside.

He chopped her several times on her hand, face and neck, almost severing her head.

Witnesses said the suspect got into a black Nissan Wingroad wagon and sped off, but crashed into a bin at Simon Say Chinese Restaurant at a junction. The crash punctured the wagon’s front tyres.

Investigators said the suspect cut his throat but it was not fatal as residents pulled him out the wagon, took him to the roadside and wrapped his neck with a T-Shirt. An ambulance eventually took him to the hospital. Kanchan was the 36th person to suffer a domestic violence-related death.

Information from the police Crime and Problem Analysis Branch shows that the Northern Division had 11, South Western Division, six; Southern Division, six; Port-of-Spain Division, four; Central Division, four; Western, three; Eastern, one and Tobago, one. Between January 1 and September 30, there were 1681 reports of domestic violence. These include 36 murders, 51 woundings, 945 physical assaults, 158 breaches of protection orders, one financial abuse, nine malicious damage, three phycological abuse, 450 threats and 28 verbal abuse.