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Two die violently in Penal
Three children, including a six-week old baby, were left motherless on Friday night when Stella Rampersad suffered a tragic death at the hands of a male relative.
A former URP worker of Moolchan Road, Penal Rock Road, Penal, Rampersad died after she was strangled during an altercation with her killer.
Her murder was the second of the night in Penal with the second being that of 23-year-old Fyzabad labourer Akiel Hamlet whose body was discovered in bushes off Latchoos Road, with chop wounds to the head.
It was a sad twist of fate for foster parents Krishna and Lutchmin Rajpat who took care of Rampersad since she was six weeks old, the same age Rampersad’s youngest daughter, Lutchmi.
Now the couple, age 60 and 64, said they will have to use their pension cheques to take care of their grandchildren.
According to police, around 6.30 pm, Rampersad was at home with the male relative when they got into a heated verbal and physical confrontation.
Rajpat said when he came home he heard his grandchildren screaming and the man shouting, “Allyuh get out of my place.” On checking the room, he found his daughter motionless on the floor.
Rampersad was taken to the Siparia District Health Facility by a friend, but was pronounced dead on arrival by doctors.
The suspect, a Guyanese immigrant, was in custody at the Penal Police Station.
In the second incident, Latchoos Road farmer David Hospedales went to tend his goat at the back of the David Williams Recreation Ground when he came upon the body of Hamlet.
Police said Hamlet, of Delhi Road, was found lying face-down and was also hog-tied, gagged and dressed only a pair of blue three-quarter jeans pants.
Police officers led by ASP Belfour, Inspector Seedarie and Inspector Granger visited the scene and processed the area.
Investigations are continuing. (KF)
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