Assault lands mum in hospital

A 49-YEAR-OLD woman is in a critical condition at the Intensive Care Unit in the Lautoka Hospital after she was savagely attacked inside her home in the early hours of Wednesday last week in Vatlaulau,Ba.

Roshni Lata Sharma was asleep when a labourer hired to do repair works at her home, allegedly attacked her with a crow bar.

Ms Sharma’s daughter, Sheenal Shadrika Devi, a Lautoka resident, said it was lucky that she had decided to spend the night in Ba with her mum when the attack happened.

“If I wasn’t there, mum would probably not have made it,” the 22-year-old said. It happened at about 2am last Wednesday. I heard mum moaning and thought she was having nightmares and then she called my name.

“When I turned on the light, mum was struggling to breathe and her head was covered in blood. I cleaned her up and got an uncle to rush us to the hospital.

“When the doctors managed to tend to her wounds and calmed her down, all she kept asking was if the labourer had been caught.”

Ms Devi said her mother’s condition worsened on Saturday and she was now not responding to family members.

“While she was able to talk, she just kept asking if the labourer was caught.

“She was really scared and I cannot believe what has happened to her.”

Ms Devi said Ms Sharma had hired the labourer to do repairs to her home two months ago.

“He had nowhere to stay and because he was an old man, mum felt sorry for him so she allowed him to live in one room in her house.

“While he was working, he began asking mum to have physical relations with him.

“She refused and then last week told him to leave.

“He said he was going to leave on Wednesday and the attack happened early that morning.”

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed a suspect had been apprehended in relation to the attack.

“We have arrested a man believed to be in his late 50s in Rakiraki yesterday (Sunday) after he allegedly assaulted and critically injured a 49-year-old woman,” she said.

“She had asked him to vacate the home after he failed to satisfactorily repair it after Cyclone Winston.”

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