— relatives appeal for help
Relatives of Shundel Williamson, 26, who was allegedly doused with acid by her rejected lover, are appealing to the public for help to get her vision fully restored.
Williamson was viciously attacked on January 19, at Lot 16 New Street, New Amsterdam, Berbice, and was rushed to the New Amsterdam Hospital before being transferred to the Burn Unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.
She is still a patient at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation and cannot see clearly as both eyes have been affected.
Her mother, Devi Ramcharit, told the Guyana Chronicle that the family is trying to raise US$10,000 to pay for corrective surgery overseas and will be hosting a take away lunch in that regard.
Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Shea Hands, has come onboard to assist the family.
Relatives said despite the incident, which caused disfigurement, Williamson remains in high spirits and is optimistic that her life will return to normalcy.
On that fateful night, the mother of two had left her 16 New Street home she shared with a girlfriend and was overheard saying that she would be back in a few minutes.
An eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the suspect had gone to Williamson’s residence twice before enquiring about the woman.
On the third instance, the suspect allegedly wore a dress and a wig and took a seat on the back stairs leading to the upper flat of the home where Williamson resides.
She was staying at the lower flat with her children and a single parent family.
About 30 minutes after, Williamson was seen entering the yard, when the suspect, armed with a bottle and a bowl, reportedly said, “If I can’t get you then no one can’t,” before throwing the contents on her.
She screamed, and it alerted neighbours, forcing her attacker to escape. But he was subsequently arrested in Linden and brought to the Ancient County, where he made an appearance before Magistrate Marissa Mithelholzer, at the Albion Court.
The matter has been transferred to New Amsterdam Court and is fixed for hearing on February 20.