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The Trinidad Guardian / Police were last night awaiting instructions on how to treat with a mentally challenged suspect who brutally killed eight-month pregnant Mayaro resident Stacy-Ann Campbell with a clay brick on Monday night.

Campbell, 29, of Radix Village, was attacked by the man, who dealt her several blows to the head as she was chatting with her neighbour, the man’s relative, around 8 pm. Campbell, who was due in June and had four other children, including a twin, died on the spot.

Ironically, police said Campbell was liming with neighbour Yvonne Modeste and chatting about the high level of domestic violence and the brutal killing of women at the time of the attack.

Police said when Campbell got up to tell Modeste she was leaving, the latter’s 36-year-old relative suddenly ran out of his bedroom and grabbed Campbell. Campbell struggled with her attacker, who then grabbed up a nearby brick and advanced her. As she tried to escape, however, Campbell slipped and attempted to brace her fall on the house’s wall. It was then the man rushed towards her and delivered several telling blows.

As Campbell fell to the ground bleeding heavily from wounds to her head and face, Modeste raised an alarm for help and ran inside the house where a call was made to the Mayaro police.

In the interim, neighbours and customers from a nearby bar went to the house and were able to subdue the mentally challenged man. However, when Modeste returned outside she found Campbell unconscious and unresponsive.

Mayaro CID officers led by Sgt Harper and including Cpl WPC Denoon, Cpl Ramsahai and PCs Gillard and Hercules responded. They cordoned off the area to allow CSI officers to process the scene and later took the suspect to the Mayaro Police Station for interrogation.

District Medical Officer Dr Grace Olimaiko viewed Campbell’s body and ordered its removal to the Mayaro mortuary, from where it was transferred to the Forensic Science Centre, St James, for an autopsy.

At her home yesterday, Modeste, 66, told T&T Guardian her relative was recently released from jail and was giving her “thunder.” She admitted that in recent times he has damaged her home and personal items and only two weeks ago she had to call the police for assistance as he became “very aggressive and uncontrollable” and attacked her.

When the police arrived following her report then, the relative eluded their capture. An EHS ambulance which was on standby to take him to the St Ann’s Hospital for observation and treatment also left empty-handed.

However, Modeste, a mother of 11, admitted the relative returned some time later and attacked her.

“I was beaten … he jumped about my body. When I fell and I screamed for help is when he leave me,” Modeste said.

When T&T Guardian visited Campbell’s home yesterday no one answered. The suspect was last night being detained at the Mayaro Police Station.

PC Hercules of Homicide Region III is continuing with the investigation.

Campbell’s killing brought to 12 the number of women murdered so far this year. The overall toll also stands at 123, as compared to 103 in 2017.

RALPH BANWARIE

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