(CMR) NOTE: The following post contains details that some may find gruesome and disturbing and may not wish to read. Because some readers may find the details to be extremely difficult to read and we caution you to proceed with a full understanding at the accounts are gruesome and disturbing.
(CMR) William Lindberg Glasgow (83) of George Town has been formally charged with attempted murder of his wife, Ellen (74) in Tropical Gardens last week. He briefly appeared in court yesterday morning before Magistrate Valdis Foldats for a mention and will re-appear on July 20th in the Grand Court given the charges. Defense attorney Prathna Bodden said she was not making any bail application at this time.
According to the police at about 11:45PM on Wednesday, 4 July, the 9-1-1 Communications Centre dispatched officers to a report of a serious assault at an address in Tropical Gardens, George Town.
An elderly woman was assaulted by a man known to her and sustained multiple lacerations. Emergency personnel attended the scene and treated the woman, who was then transported to the Cayman Islands Hospital. She has undergone surgery and remains in critical condition.
Whilst no details of the assault were mentioned in court CMR’s well-placed sources indicate that the vicious attack on his 74-year-old wife was allegedly fueled by demands for sex when she was unwilling. The machete attack was brutal and sustained and had left her on life support for several days fighting for her life.
Many want the full details to be acknowledged and are concerned that police reports indicate only a partial understanding of the severity of her injuries.
The gruesomeness of the attack includes lacerations to both sides of her face, multiple “chops” to her head as three stab wounds to her torso region and at least once in the back. One of the injuries was a laceration to the back of her neck that left the spinal vertebrae fully exposed.
Her left hand was also slashed to the point where it was hanging merely by the skin itself. The last 3 fingers of the left hand were almost detached from the hand but stayed on by the skin on the palm of that hand remaining in tack. Marl road rumors that it had been completely severed were not entirely accurate. She has, however lost an eye.
The onslaught did not stop there. The victim attempted to defend herself with her right hand and the weapon cut her between the fingers and split that hand half way down to the wrist area. Many of the lacerations were deep wounds that went down to the bone and makes it understandable as to why he is now being changed with attempted murder and not merely GBH.
We understand that she was finally removed from the breathing machine on Friday but remained unable to speak until Sunday and has no immediate recollection of the attack itself. She continues to make small improvements; however, it will be a long road of recovery ahead. We understand she will be faced with both physical and emotional wounds for the remainder of her life.
Many readers initially questioned Cayman Marl’s accounts of the initial assault and can confirm that an eyewitness overheard the DPP's prosecutor telling a member of Radio Cayman's media staff during a court break that
“everything that was on the marl road was indeed correct!! Hahaha! I would hope to be as virile as him when I'm that old! Hahaha!”
That person was highly offended at the lighthearted nature in which the matter was being dealt with by two professionals. The eyewitnesses shared:
“I told them that they were both very distasteful and most certainly tactless and incredibly disrespectful as his “virility” was one of the major contributing factors that contributed to this heinous crime.”
The victim remains hospitalized as her husband also remains on remand at Fairbanks.
The couple have been married for 42 years and together for over 50 years. They have 6 children, 19 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.