Monday, February 17, 2020

Vincentian woman set on fire over sex dies

A Vincentian woman who was doused with gasoline and set on fire by her boyfriend after she denied him sex has died in a Kingstown hospital, reports say.

Monique Clarke, of Biabou, St Vincent and the Grenadines, had been in critical condition at hospital after the horrific attack on Sunday, August 13, 2017.

Her sister Iesha Richardson said in a social media post on Tuesday that Clarke, sadly, succumbed to her injuries.

“Thanks to everyone who tried to help in one way or another but Sad News… not what I wanted to hear…My sister Monique has passed on,” Richardson said.

According to reports the woman was set ablaze after she reportedly refused to have sex or give money to a man with whom she has had an abusive relationship for the past two years.

The attack was witnessed by the woman’s 13 year old son.

Police have since charged Pedro Ashton, 33, a labourer of Biabou, a town east of capital, with intent to commit murder and he is scheduled to re-appear in court on September 4.

Investigators say the charge is likely to be upgraded to murder.

Monique Clarke died as her family were attempting to raise funds to send her overseas for medical attention.

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