A 21-year-old man who sold burgers with his family on the Kitty seawall took his own life on Boxing day after brutally beating his 16-year-old girlfriend and escaping police custody.
The young man, who has ben identified as Lorenzo James, and the teenager shared a rocky relationship for a number of years and he was banned from going to the girl’s house by her mother. The young lady reportedly recently ended her relationship with the man but they remained friends.
According to reports, on Boxing day while the girl’s mother was at work, James visited the house and started beating on the teenager when she opened the door for him.
He stripped her of her clothing and pounced on her face as he forced her to kneel before him and declare that she will stop disrespecting him and his family.
The girl’s mother became concerned after she made several calls to the home and got no response and neighbours told her that music was being played loudly in the home. The woman rushed to the Grove Police station while on her way to her Golden Grove, East Bank home.
The Police told her that she should go to the house first and see what is going on with her daughter before an officer is dispatched.
The distraught mother hurried home and begged the taxi driver to kick down her door as she heard the loud music coming out of the house.
When the door was kicked down, the naked young lady was spotted with blood all over her body and a battered face while the spurned boyfriend stood in front of her with a knife. The taxi driver and a neighbour managed to arrest the young man and hand him over to Police.
The teenager was rushed to a city hospital where she is still nursing her injuries. While in hospital, she received the news that the young man had managed to escape from the Police lock up and took his own life by ingesting a poisonous substance.
He reportedly left a suicide letter behind that he asked should be handed over to the young lady.
His relatives were shocked over the incident and said although they knew he had a relationship with the young girl, they were unaware of any problems that he might have had.
The mother of the young girl expressed worry that the Police did not properly follow up on her initial complaint and then when the young man was arrested and handed over to them, they failed to properly secure him in the lock ups, allow his escape. Investigations are ongoing.
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