La Penitence choppingThe man who brutally chopped his estranged wife at the La Penitence Market, Iswhar Heralall, 38, of Anna Regina New Housing Scheme, Essequibo, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Magistrate Judy Latchman and was placed on $600,000 bail.Iswhar Heralall (in yellow)It is alleged that Heralall on Sunday, July 31, 2016, at La Penitence Public Road, Ruimveldt, unlawfully and maliciously wounded Wanita Heralall with the intent to commit murder.The prosecution did not provide any circumstantial evidence; however, a relative of the defendant disclosed to this publication that the man’s wife left him with their five children for another man and on the day in question he was asking her to return home and she embarrassed him claiming she wanted her freedom.The unrepresented man’s mother told the court that she could not afford an attorney for the defendant.Heralall was placed on bail with the following stipulations: he presents himself every Friday to the officer in charge at the Criminal Investigation Department, Ruimveldt Police Station and he stays away from the Virtual Complainant (VC) pending the outcome of the matter.The carpenter by profession will make his next court appearance on August 24, 2016.Meanwhile, the VC, who spoke to this publication, related that she was recovering comfortably at the Georgetown Public Hospital.At approximately 10:30h on Sunday, July 31, the woman ran into her estranged husband who she was reportedly in the process of divorcing after years of abuse, after she left her Lot 8 Laing Avenue, Georgetown home to commence her usual market shopping.Wanita Heralall told Guyana Times earlier this week that her youngest child was in the company of his father and he asked the child if he wanted to speak to her and the child indicated that he did not.“He ask the lil boy if he wan talk to me and the lil bai shake his head ‘no’. So I turn and seh if the lil bai don’t wanna talk to me, I don’t wanna talk to him or his father, because I don’t want no problem,” she said.Her estranged husband subsequently left, but returned as she was approaching the bicycle she rode to the market, and grabbed her left hand.“I turn around fuh walk to get my bicycle and leave because I know how he stay. So by time I coulda reach my bicycle, he come from behind me and he grab this hand and stretch it out and seh ‘come here, I wan talk to you’. I said ‘no’. And as I said no, he start chopping,” she recapped.According to Heralall, the accused then swung one chop at her head, bashing her over the right eye. The man then shouted, “don’t scream!” and forcefully pinned her hand before repeatedly hacking at her arm between the elbow and wrist.With the woman’s arm almost severed, the Essequibian allegedly told her to “take your hand and move from here”.In a bid to escape, the man then tried running through the crowd, only to be captured and dealt a thorough beating before being turned over to the Ruimveldt Police Station.