Headline — 01 October 2013 — by Albert J. Ciego
Sleeping woman “stabbed up” in home

A woman of Roaring Creek is fighting for her life at the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan after she was stabbed multiple times, allegedly by her ex-boyfriend, who went into her room and attacked her while she was sleeping.

Joanna Longsworth, 25, was stabbed in the right cheek and lower neck, in the back of her neck, and on her throat. Because of her injuries, she cannot speak. The incident occurred in her house in Roaring Creek Village at about 10:00 Saturday night.

Police launched a quick investigation and arrested and charged Roaring Creek resident Steven Gentle with attempted murder and grievous harm. They told Amandala that Gentle will be arraigned in court tomorrow, Tuesday.

A police report issued today, Monday, September 30, 2013, says that “Police have since detained 31-year-old Steven Gentle of Roaring Creek Village, pending charges of attempted murder.”

Longsworth, because she cannot speak, wrote a report explaining to police that she was in her bed sleeping when she felt sharp, stabbing pains in her neck, face and back.

When she looked up she saw Steven Gentle, 31, her ex-boyfriend, stabbing her. According to Longsworth, he told her that she was going to die, and stabbed her in the throat, after which he ran out of the house.

Longsworth made it as far as the door, where she passed out.

Her two daughters, who were awakened by the commotion, began to scream when they saw her, and then neighbors came to see what was happening. They took Longsworth to the Western Regional Hospital, where she was admitted in a critical condition.

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