Had it not been for the help of an elderly couple, things could have gone very differently for a St James woman who was attacked and robbed at her home days ago.
Police investigations into the matter led them to Victor McDonald Chandler, 41, of Sion Hill, St James.
After pleading guilty to burglary, wounding and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, he added three more to his convictions tally on Tuesday.
Magistrate Wanda Blair later handed him two years in prison on all three counts, to run concurrently.
Sergeant Roger Jones told the Holetown Magistrates Court that on February 20 while Carroll Mayhew was at her Cashew Row, Sunset Crest, St James home, she heard a rumbling noise coming from her son’s bedroom.
She walked towards it to investigate and on reaching there, saw Chandler dressed in a t-shirt and pants and with a scarf tied around his face, which covered his nose and mouth.
Fearful, the woman ran outside but fell as she was crossing her lawn. Chandler chased his victim and held her in the garage, beating her about the head while demanding money.
Mayhew got away from her assailant and ran, all the while screaming for help. The Lakers, a British family who was staying next door at the time, came to her assistance.
When they shouted at Chandler, he attacked them as well. He beat the man, 77-year-old Albert, his wife Pauline, 73, and their daughter Tina, 54, about the body with his hands, and ran off.
The elderly man then took Mayhew back to her home but once inside, they again ran into the perpetrator, who was holding a bag which contained money. Chandler attacked Laker again and
The visitor managed to get away and both he and Mayhew ran out.
Laker ended up with a head wound, while his wife and daughter both suffered with soft tissue injuries.
The family is scheduled to leave Barbados on Saturday.