A convicted manslayer is said to be the suspect linked to the fatal stabbing of his former lover as her two children watched in horror.
According to sources, it was the deceased’s son who made the call to police at the Boarded Hall police station just before 9 a.m. informing them of the tragedy.
When police rushed to the scene, they found the lifeless body of 39-year-old Zanaba Moore in the verandah of her house at #19 Frere Pilgrim Main Road, Christ Church.
She is the 21st person to be murdered for the year.
Reliable sources told Barbados TODAY that the suspect was released from prison in the last few years after serving a prison sentence after pleading guilty to manslaughter.
It is alleged that he inflicted the stab wounds as the woman’s son and his two-year-old daughter watched before fleeing the scene.
A source also disclosed that Moore had applied for a protection order against the suspect.
When a team from Barbados TODAY arrived on the scene, a heavy police presence was evident.
The entrance to the house was cordoned off as police carried out their investigations, while an officer directed traffic.
Police public relations officer Acting Inspector Rodney Inniss told members of the media that the suspect had not yet been held.
“Police this morning received a report via telephone from an anonymous male caller about 8:40 a.m. who indicated that he just witnessed a male having an altercation with a female and subsequently stabbed the female.
“Police responded urgently to the scene, but on arrival they discovered the lifeless body of a 39-year-old female in the verandah of the residence. The male suspect is not in custody and we are looking for the person,” Inniss said.
An irate cousin of the deceased who spoke to the media shortly afterwards vented her anger.
“He now come out of jail for doing something similar and you come back out and do the same thing,” she shouted.
A man who was only identified as Danny and said to be one of her closest friends, did not hold back the tears as he stooped over in disbelief.
He said he awoke to the terrible news.
“I was sleeping and when I got up a man tell me that he [the accused] hurt the woman. She was a real nice person and real pleasant. I can’t believe that he would do something like that,” he said.
A resident of Frere Pilgrim who declined to give her name but who said she had resided in the area for 34 years, said she has known the deceased from the time she was a little girl.
“I haven’t spoken to her in a long time, but I can tell you that she was a nice person. I knew her from the time she was a child. To hear what happened really has me in shock,” the middle-aged woman lamented.
“I would never have thought that anything like that would happen in such a quiet neighourhood. My neighbour is so distraught I had to come over here to console her. This really doesn’t feel like Barbados with somebody killing somebody every minute.”
Another man who rushed to the scene on hearing the news appeared to be in shock.
As he stood holding his mouth, he told Barbados TODAY that while all relationships may have issues, no one deserved to die the way in which the deceased did.
“Every couple has its problems, but she ain’t deserve this. This is a real sad day. The only reason I’m standing here and I haven’t gone across by the family is because I can’t see her like that,” he explained.