One of the three men from Choiseul who was attacked by four masked gunmen on their farms last week, has said he did not expect to be alive today.
Andre Emmanuel told this reporter in an interview that he had just taken a bath when the men, who were wearing military garments and armed with three 12-gauge riffles and a cutlass, pounced on him.
“They dressed like SSU…” he said.
The bandits had just left another farm where they had beaten, bound and gagged two other men who had managed to set themselves free.
According to Emmanuel, the men rained blows on him before uttering a word to him.
“One of them hit me twice with his gun butt on my head and I fell to the ground…. I saw danger, so I told him to take all what he wants but don’t kill me,” Emmanuel recounted.
He said they destroyed all the groceries which he had in a bucket and took the mere $4.25 he had.
Emmanuel said while he was on the ground grimacing in pain, they kicked him several times about his body and kept asking him for the marijuana farm. He added that while on the ground he saw death staring him in the face, and was thinking of a way to save his life.
“I told them that I don’t know anything about that….” he said.
According to Emmanuel, from the time he started farming in the area he has never come across any marijuana plantation in the area, and feels someone had given the men wrong information as to the location of marijuana plantations.
“I said to myself I will die today…I was scared for my life. I had to do something to save my life,” he said.
Emmanuel said he managed to grab a knife on the ground and stabbed the armed gunman closest to him in his belly.
“When I stabbed him, he cried “I”… I then plunged downhill heading towards a river,” he recounted, adding that because of his position he was not able to stab him with much force.
According to Emmanuel, while making his escape he heard two gunshots fired.
He said had he not defended himself he may not be alive today.
Emmanuel said he headed straight to the police station where he made a report. He said when he returned to the scene with the police they found his wrist watch on the ground.
Police are investigating the incidents.