Linden technician accused of brutalizing wife in critical condition after ‘vigilante beating’
Almost one week after he was severely beaten by his wife’s relatives and public-spirited persons, Anthony Luke called ‘Brother’, remains in a critical condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital.
Luke, a technician of Wismar, Linden, reportedly beat his wife in the presence of their teenage son on January 4, with a piece of wood fracturing her skull and left arm.
Police Headquarters reported that Luke tried to escape after the incident but he was caught and given a sound thrashing before he was handed over to the police.
“He going in and out of consciousness, he didn’t fall into full unconsciousness but the damages he got, his frontal lobe fracture and he got bleeding in he brain,” one of Luke’s relatives, who prefers to remain anonymous, told the News Room.
Luke underwent brain surgery at the Georgetown Public Hospital on Friday last and the relative said he is recovering but has still not spoken a word.
According to her, he is “mumbling” and they are fearful that he may never speak again.
“He is not responsive, he is not talking and he is trying to recover,” the relative said.
The couple lived together for the past six years and share two children. The 31-year-old woman has two other children from a separate relationship.
On the day of the incident, the woman’s 14-year-old son told police that he desperately tried to save her by threatening Luke with a cutlass.
The young boy told police that he heard Luke and his mother arguing and then he heard screams coming from his mother. He then rushed outside where he saw her lying face down motionless with Luke stooping over her with a piece of wood lashing her to the back of her head.
Upon seeing that, the child ran inside the house, grabbed a cutlass, and returned to the suspect who attacked him with the wood and escaped.
According to the relative, the couple always had domestic issues since the start of the relationship.
Meanwhile, Regional Commander Superintendent Hugh Winter told the News Room that Luke remains under police guard. He revealed that the wife’s condition has improved and she was able to give her statement as it relates to the incident.
In relation to the vigilante beating and arrest of Luke, the Commander said no arrests have been made.
“Officially no report in respect to that was made, but if a report is made we would investigate,” Commander Winter explained.