A search is on for “Coconut Man” who burnt a house after a chopping and beating a woman and her daughter in St Helena on Tuesday morning.
Police said the man, a national of the Dominican Republic, attacked Rosey Saunders-Morales and Shamaryah Saunders, 14, with a cutlass, knives and a hammer following an argument over property.
Elena Saunders said the man had repeatedly asked for control of two properties her mother had inherited in St Helena.
She said the man had threatened to end his own life in the past if he was not given control of the properties. Two months ago he sliced his left forearm.
Shamaryah said she awoke on Tuesday and heard her mother arguing with the man before he attacked her with a cutlass. She said she grabbed a broom and began hitting the man in an effort to stop him.
Her twin sister, Shemaryah, ran out the house screaming for help.
Saunders-Morales was stabbed, chopped and beaten before being rescued by Shamaryah and taken to Arima District Hospital.
Eyewitnesses said they saw the Coconut Man, smoking a cigarette and walking away from the burning home shortly after the incident.
The man had his passport and other immigration documents when he fled.
THE BURNING HOUSE IN ST HELENA