Heinous and callous!
That’s how the National Union of Public Workers Gender Affairs Committee has described yesterday’s stabbing death of 36-year-old Onica King at #41 Mandela Mall, Swan Street, St Michael.
“In this case, the attack on the helpless woman resulted in the loss of life in front of her children,” lamented Chairman of the committee Makala Beckles –Jordan.
“Our hearts goes out to the family of this young lady, but moreso to the children who witnessed this act of violence at such a young age, no child should have to witness that type of crime.”
Beckles-Jordan warned that cases of domestic violence were on the increase, and urged Government to act with haste to introduce stiffer penalties to deter would be offenders.
“According to the RBPF [Royal Barbados Police Force] statistics cases of violence within homes are increasing with 1,667 cases of domestic violence cases reported in 2011, while 3,170 were reported in 2012. From January to September 2013, 4, 909 cases have been reported. The increase has shown that domestic violence is increasing quickly and at an uncontrollable pace , especially as it comes at a time when the Domestic Violence Act has been in force for the past few years.”
Police said that King was reportedly involved in an altercation with a man. She received stab wounds and died at the scene. The man then fled the scene.
Beckles–Jordan appealed for a review of domestic violence laws and the Criminal Code to initiate and implement “an appropriate legislative framework” for cases where there was a history of violence and abuse.
“The Barbados law courts should complement this legislature to curb cases of domestic violence which are on the increase, by imposing stiffer penalties to those who break the law imposing deterrent sentences. [This] would send a strong message to perpetrators of domestic violence,” she stressed.