Friday, January 19, 2018

Baby cut, stabbed more than 14 times

ACCUSED: Anand Baboolal on trial for the murder of Ria Romlochan and her 18-month-old son Ishmael on his way to the San Fernando High Court yesterday. —Photo: TREVOR WATSON

EIGHTEEN-MONTH-OLD Ishmael Timothy Ragbir was cut and stabbed more than 14 times about his body before he was left in a fishing net on a riverbank in 2005.

His mother, whose body was found in a latrine pit, was found with stab wounds to the chest and abdomen.

The causes of the death of Ria Ramlochan and her son were read as evidence during the murder trial against Anand Baboolal, 40, yesterday.

Baboolal, who is also called “Shawn” and “Son”, of Mayaro is before Justice Althea Alexis-Windsor in the San Fernando Third Criminal Court.

The discovery of Ishmael's body on August 13, 2005 entangled in a fishing net on the bank of the Mafeking River, led to Ramlochan's body being found clad in a nightgown, in the latrine pit.

The jurors heard the results from the post mortems.

It stated that the bloated body of Ramlochan who weighed 108 pounds, had three stab wounds to the chest and abdomen.

Baby Ishmael who weighed 15.5 pounds had more than 14 wounds to the body.

They included cuts to his groin, genitals, thigh, mouth and left buttock and stab wounds to the left side of his buttock.

His left ear was also severed.

The cause of his death was due to multiple sharp and incise wounds and traumatic injuries.

Consider evidence carefully


Six formal admissions were also read to the jury.

Alexis-Windsor told the jury that while this was evidence agreed upon by both the State and the defence, it did not mean that it took away from their responsibility to carefully consider the evidence.

This included the statement from Steadman Joseph, the husband of baby Ragbir's caretaker.

Ramlochan worked as a loans officer at an investment company at the Mayaro Resource Centre and would take her son to the babysitter on mornings and return for him between 5 p.m and 6 p.m.

Joseph recognised the yellow and blue jersey of the infant found on the riverbank as clothing Ishmael was wearing earlier in the day.

He went to Ramlochan's house and spoke to a neighbour and walked around the house where he got a foul scent.

The evidence from cesspit cleaner Angelo Caesar was also read.

He reported to work on August 15, 2005 and went to the Mayaro Police Station and was then taken to Solomon Street, Mayaro.

He was led to a latrine where he cleaned the pit.

He found a brown-handled knife with a blade six to eight inches long.

He handed it over to the police. The evidence from two district medical officers and Roger Jaggernauth who identified the bodies of his niece and her child at the Forensic Science Centre in St James were also read.

Draughtsman Sgt Gregory Hood took the witness stand and gave evidence from the sketches he made of the areas the bodies were found.

He used some of the 22 pictures tendered into evidence to show the comparison with his drawings.

The jury was told to return to court today for the continuation of the prosecution's evidence.

Baboolal is being represented by attorneys Rekha Ramjit and Gina Ramjohn.