Neighbors arrest suspect in stabbing woman’s murder

A 54-year-old woman was stabbed to death Sunday in her home in Le Lamentin, central Martinique, and a suspect was arrested by a neighbor and later handed over to police. The body was discovered on Sunday afternoon by neighbors who alerted police, firefighters told AFP.

These neighbors also neutralized and tied up a suspect who was present at the time the body was found, pending the arrival of police and gendarmes. The 54-year-old man was taken into custody as part of a deadly investigation.

When firefighters arrived, the victim had multiple stab wounds, possibly from a knife traditionally used on the island to cut sugar cane. According to the prosecution, the suspect is not the victim’s boyfriend, but their relationship remains to be ascertained.

A public prosecutor confirmed to AFP that this was the first of 19 homicides in Martinique since the beginning of the year involving a woman.

Local women’s associations responded immediately to the crime. “Facing an increase in violence [en Martinique], What role does violence against women play in our policy proposals? No!“, the UFM, the Union of Women of Martinique, regretted in a press release. “This is the first female massacre since the beginning of this year, but all these women are being killed slowly, psychologically, morally.“, says AFP Georges Arnaud, co-founder of the association Cultural Equality.

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