The 51-year-old Jamaican man who had his left hand severed in an altercation with another resident of Storey Gap, Codrington, St Michael on Monday, is fighting for his life in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
When a Barbados TODAY team visited his QEH ward this evening, a tired-looking Delroy Scarlett was fully laid up in bed, with the left hand fully bandaged, the fingers on his right hand visibly swollen and several tubes connected to his body. However, he still mustered enough courage and energy to speak, saying he was thankful to the Almighty for sparing his life.
Despite his obvious pain, Scarlett also joined with his friend Ash in recalling the circumstances which led to Monday’s nasty fallout between the two neighbours.
Based on their account of things, it was the neighbour who was “jealous” of Scarlett because he was progressing and making something of his life.
“He is wicked man! He has a lot of dirty ways and is not well liked in the community,” said the angry friend, in reference to Scarlett’s alleged attacker.
In contrast, he described Scarlett, who is known throughout his district as Yardie, as a “hard worker”, saying, “all he does ever do is work”.
“He clean the ground all behind the mango tree and work the land and plant his food and survive,” Ash told Barbados TODAY.
Without getting into the details of Monday’s altercation, Scarlett also revealed that his attacker used to sell his produce, which included pumpkins, yams, peppers and okras that he planted, but wanted to keep all the money to himself.
The Jamaican man, who does steel and metal work and many other odds jobs, also told Barbados TODAY that he was in the process of renovating his home himself.
However, following Monday’s attack in which his hand was severed aboved the wrist and his left leg was partially severed below the knee, he may not be able to resume working for a while.
Scarlett’s recovery process looks to be a lengthy one, given that he also suffered deep lacerations about his abdominal area and on his left shoulder during what was said to be a cutlass attack. Today, the non national, who has no family in Barbados, was anxious to get his cellular phone back from the QEH nurses so he could inform his relatives in Florida of the incident.
Up to Tuesday evening, police were yet to bring any charges in connection with the incident. However, they said a man remained in custody assisting them with their investigations.