Diamond Estate man wounds wife & step-daughter with machete
Officers of the Criminal Investigations Department charged a man on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, with the wounding of his wife and stepdaughter.
Esworth Barnwell, 35, of Diamond Estate is charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm; assault occasioning actual bodily harm and being armed with an offensive weapon.
According to a press release from the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), initial investigations indicate that Monday evening, September 19, 2022, the accused attacked members of his family with a machete following an argument at the family home.
Both the wife and stepdaughter were taken to the Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital.
Police said the stepdaughter is in serious but stable condition while the wife was treated and released. Two minor children who were also in the home were unharmed.
Barnwell is to appear before the Magistrate’s Court at the next available sitting.