The owner of a food mart in Petit Valley was beaten to death during a robbery on Tuesday, where his wife was also physically assaulted.

According to a police report, just after midday Alec Wang Kwok Yip, 72, and his wife were at their business place, Alec’s Food Mart, at the corner of Morne Coco Road and Palm Avenue, when three masked men entered and announced a robbery.

According to police the bandits tied up the couple and proceeded to beat them before taking cash and valuables.

The bandits then escaped.

The woman managed to untie herself and called the police, who responded to the call and arrived at the store and saw Yip with injuries to the face and body.

Emergency health workers took him to the St James Infirmary, where he was pronounced dead.