Police have launched an investigation into the death of a Dorsetshire Hill woman whose body was found with chop wounds inside her family home around 12:15 a.m. today (Carnival Monday).
Police say that the dead woman is Sherol Lenteria Phyllis Knights, aged 26.
“Preliminary information indicates that the Knights was discovered lying motionless in the family home by a relative with what appeared to be chop wounds on her body,” the Police Public Relations and Complaint Department said in a press statement.
“The police visited the scene and commenced an investigation. The district medical officer pronounced Knights dead at the scene,” the statement said.
Police said an autopsy is expected to be carried out on Knights’ body to ascertain the exact cause of death.
Knights’ death is the second homicide in St. Vincent and the Grenadine in less than a week.
It follows the death of Ravito Ronaldo Bertram Llewellyn Jr., 24, of Sion Hill/Fairbairn Pasture, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Fairbairn Pasture.
The police officer alleged that Llewellyn was an intruder and police said in a statement that he was wearing only his boxer shorts and slippers at the time of his death.
The killings this week bring the homicide count in SVG this year to 28, which includes three people killed by police officers in the line of duty as well as Llewellyn’s death.
In 2022, SVG recorded 42 homicides — a new record.
Knights is the second Dorsetshire Hill woman to be killed this year.
On Feb. 10, Purlinea Greaves, a 28-year-old timekeeper died in hospital around 4: p.m., about 20 hours after being shot in the head as she made her way home.
Abdul Garrick aka “Why Why”, 30, of Rockies/Frenches/Biabou was subsequently charged with murder in connection with Greaves’ death and is awaiting a preliminary inquiry.
Police are asking anyone with information that could assist with the investigation into Knights’ death to call 999/911 or, 1-784-456-1810 or, any police station or police officer you are comfortable speaking with.
“All information received would be treated confidentially. Investigations into the matter are ongoing,” police said.