A ninety year old shop owner and his 71 year old wife were attacked last night by five cutlass wielding men, resulting in the man sustaining a laceration to the hand.
Raju Auguste and his wife, Olive, told the Times that they were inside their business place at La Clery, just a short distance away from the Seventh Day Adventist Church when the incident occurred.
According to the husband, they were watching the news when they observed a group of men passing the bar.
Raju Auguste told the Times he recalled telling his wife that the men were ‘vieux negs’ who were probably up to no good.
He told the Times that at around 9:05 pm, he saw some people coming into the business place – two of them in the lead.
“They asked me if I have any soft drink- I said ‘Yes, they have,’ the ninety year old La Clery resident said.
Auguste said he asked the person who inquired to identify which flavour was preferred, at which point one of the men attempted to jump over the shop counter to attack him.
The businessman said although he had an ice pick in his possession, one of the men managed to cut him on the hand.
He told the Times that his wife started shouting and grabbed a cutlass to come to his defence, at which point one of the thugs managed to jump over the counter.
Auguste told the Times that the bandit who jumped over the counter tried to chop him but the cutlass fell from his hand, whereupon the and the others fled the scene.
The ninety year old said he has been operating his shop for over thirty years.
Auguste told the Times although the business place has been broken into, it was the first time that he has been attacked by criminals.