Friday, February 23, 2018

Mayaro mom hacked to death

Worthless protection order


DEATH HOUSE: The house where Orpha Hackett was killed at St Ann’s Village, Mayaro. —Photo: TREVOR HACKETT

Mark Fraser

The domestic violence protection order granted to Mayaro mother of two, Orpha Hackett, proved worthless on Monday when she was hacked to death by a man she once loved.

Hackett, 23, was repeatedly stabbed and chopped on the head, neck and chest at her sister’s home around 2 pm.

She had earlier secured a three-year restraining order against the man at the Mayaro Magistrates’ Court.

Police believe the 29-year-old suspect followed Hackett to the home of her sister, Jinelle West, at St Ann’s Village, Mayaro where he attacked Hackett, a security guard, outside the house.

Police said she attempted to escape by running through some bushes, but the man chased and grabbed her. He was armed with a knife and cutlass. Hackett’s screams alerted neighbours who rushed to her assistance.

Police said the man pushed the bleeding woman to the ground and began running. A vigilante group however chased and captured him a half mile away in the bushes. He was beaten and restrained until officers arrived.

Relatives said Hackett, who lived at Oilfield Road, Union Village, Mayaro, recently ended an abusive relationship with the suspect. She was the mother of a four-year-old girl and two-year-old boy.

Police said the man was seen buying two knives and a cutlass before the attack.

Hackett was taken to the Mayaro District Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

The body was removed to the Forensic Science Centre in St James. An autopsy performed by pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov found that Hackett was severely chopped on the right side of the head. Alexandrov said the chop wounds were dealt with “great force” causing severe injury to the brain. He said Hackett tried to defend herself as there were cuts to her hands.