A Timheri, East Bank Demerara man on Thursday stabbed his reputed wife to the neck in a church yard and then attempted suicide, Police headquarters has reported.
Police said bank teller Sheria Khalil called Sherry, 22, and her reputed husband Clifton Richmond, 24, a minibus conductor, had agreed to meet up at her place of work on Thursday. However, when Richmond, called Steve, arrived at the bank, Khalil was not there.
“The woman later went home and was confronted by the man, an argument ensued and it was alleged that he picked up the woman and ran with her to the nearby church yard,” Police stated.
The church is the Elim Christian Fellowship, located on the Timehri Public Road.
When family members heard the woman screaming, they rushed to the location where they found her bleeding with an apparent stab wound to the left side neck.
Richmond then allegedly drank a poisonous substance and jumped into the Demerara River. He was subsequently rescued in an unconscious state.
Both victim and suspect were escorted to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre where they received medical attention.
The woman was then transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital for surgery. Their conditions are said to be critical but stable.
A knife and a bottle with suspected poison were retrieved from the crime scene and lodged at the station.
Investigations are ongoing.