British national Sally Wilson, who was injured in a Boxing Day robbery at the Queen’s Park Savannah has expressed deep gratitude to local authorities and citizens who rendered assistance during her traumatic ordeal.
The 72-year-old robbery victim extended her profound appreciation to acting British High Commissioner Beatrice Rose during a telephone conversation. Wilson thanked everyone who came to her assistance after the incident.
Sally and her 74-year-old husband Michael were walking along the savannah to view the Magnificient Seven buildings and other tourist attractions when they were approached by a man armed with a knife.
The bandit cut the strap of Sally’s handbag to steal her belongings.
During the robbery, Sally was slashed on her left arm and had to be taken via taxi to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital where she successfully underwent surgery and was discharged.
Micheal, who was unhurt, was accommodated at a hotel.
The Wilsons chose to visit the Caribbean on a cruise to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary yesterday. The couple was among hundreds of cruise passengers who arrived on the MSC Preziosa hours earlier.
In giving an update on the condition of Sally, an official at the British High Commissioner told Guardian Media that the couple has been making arrangements to return to the United Kingdom.
Sally is said to be recovering from her injuries.
“In their conversation with the acting High Commissioner the couple thanked the police, hospital staff and citizens who showed compassion during their ordeal,” the official said.
Since the incident, the commission’s staff has been in constant contact with the Wilsons.
The official said the High Commission encourages all British nationals visiting T&T to look at T&T’s travel advisories.
Tourism Minister Randall Mitchell did not respond yesterday to a Whatsapp message sent by Guardian Media but previously expressed concern about the incident, stating that visitors would have been looking forward to their trip only to have it ruined by an act of violence.