Sixty-two-year-old Lionel Thomas, who set the house of his ex-wife on fire in an attempt to kill her, was on Tuesday morning discovered hanging from a dunks tree (also known as a dungs tree) at his farm at Rose Hall, Corentyne, Berbice.The now dead man, Lionel Thomas, and Owamawattie Alves in happier timesThe Ankerville, Port Mourant, Corentyne, resident was taken to Ramoo’s Funeral Home where his body awaits a post-mortem examination. It is suspected the man committed suicide.On Wednesday last, Thomas attempted to kill his ex-wife using a knife, a piece of wood, and a broken glass, before allegedly setting fire to a $27 million house, reducing it to rubble.The victim, 47-year-old Owamawattie Alves, also called “Ann”, sustained injuries and was rushed to the Port Mourant Hospital where she was treated and admitted.The mother of four told Guyana Times that she walked away from the 28-year relationship two years ago, but the now dead man has been stalking her every move.According to Alves, the relationship was very abusive and she decided in 2016 to put an end to it after her husband was jailed for two years for abuse perpetrated against her. She said ever since his release from prison, he has been threatening to kill her.She related that on June 16, 2018, while she was at the Port Mourant Market, he approached her with a cutlass and threatened to end her life, but she was able to escape and reported the incident to the Police.There were several other instances where by she was attacked and terrorised by the now dead man. The woman lived with her 17-year-old daughter in the house that was reduced to rubble on June 20.
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (right), presents outgoing Chinese Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Niu Qingbao with a cricket painting during the Ambassador’s farewell visit to the Office of the Prime Minister in Kingston on February 21.