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Chaguanas car dealer Sheron Sukhdeo was detained yesterday by police officers in connection with a report of domestic violence.
Up to late last night he was at the Chaguanas Police Station being questioned but no charges were laid.
Yesterday morning, a team of police officers from the Chaguanas Police Station, led by Inspector McIntyre, went to the businessman’s home near the Chaguanas Government Primary School.
He was later handcuffed and taken to his businessplace on the Caroni Savannah Road and then to the Chaguanas Police Station where he was questioned overnight.
Investigating officers have obtained an official statement from the alleged domestic violence victim, a 28-year-old mother of two.
The statement was taken from her on Sunday following an interview she had with Head of the Central Division, Snr Supt Jayson Forde. Investigating officers were also able to obtain medical records from the respective health institutions, including the Chaguanas Health Centre, to add to their file.
The woman and her two children — ages seven and five — are said to have been under heavy police guard since Sunday.
Early on Saturday morning, the woman took to Facebook to post recent photographs of herself showing blue black marks, cuts, bruises and a bloodshot eye that she said she sustained last week during an alleged confrontation with a close male relative.
Speaking out publicly for the first time, the woman alleged she has been a victim of domestic violence for the last 12 years.
Thousands of comments were made in support of the woman and her children and on Sunday the police intervened, saying she would also receive counselling from the Victim and Witness Support Unit and the children would be referred to the Child Protection Unit and the Children’s Authority.