Tuesday, January 23, 2018

A father's love: Murdered Melissa not forgotten

...DPP responds to heartbreaking case

Frustrated that no one has been charged in the brutal murder of his daughter, Farouk Mohammed has reached out to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on social media.

Mohammed pleaded for the results of ballistic testing which were done days after his daughter was shot in the head inside a car with two men she knew.

And he questioned whether any of the two men would be charged with the crime.

He wrote, “Hi I am asking on the file for Melissa Mohammed Ramkissoon who was brutally murdered by two men she knew and both men were in the car when she was killed on the 4 the of April, yet to date no one has been charged and the killer is free outside enjoying life as usual and we have to grieve for our love one, and the excuse is they waiting on you and ballistic, I missing my daughter and it grieving my heart I am not looking for a father's revenge but justice.”

The message was posted on the Facebook page of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on Monday.

The Office of The Director of Public Prosecutions responded, “We are sorry for your loss Farouk. In regard to your complaint we, as ODPP, can't intervene until Police has conclusively finalized investigations. Finalizing investigations is vital because it enables us present a strong court case; one that can't easily be thrown out of court for lack of evidence.”

Mohammed was also advised to follow up with the police officer in charge of the investigations and to “give them ample time to complete their work”.

“If you believe the case file is being mismanaged at Police you can lodge a complaint with the Uganda Police (Professional Standards Unit) which is in charge of Police discipline,” the post stated.

Mohammed said not a day goes by that he don't think of his daughter.

He wrote, “Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and I am missing you and no one knows it but me, no matter what others think of you you were the Apple off my eye and you'd always be beautiful in my eyes, I live with the hope that I would see you again in that resurrection morning when God will wiped away all the tears from my eyes, sleep well my baby and if nothing good ever come my way I know in this life I was bless by you.”

Mohammed said he did not want revenge, but craved justice.

Melissa Mohammed-Ramkissoon, 33, was shot dead in a car on April 4.

The two men, who were in the vehicle at the time of the shooting, were interviewed by homicide officers and released.

Investigators said a file was compiled to be taken evidence to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to consult on whether or not charges can be laid against the main suspect.

Mohammed-Ramkissoon, of Cedar Hill, Claxton Bay, was pronounced dead on the compound of the Chaguanas Police Station, where she was taken by one of the suspects.

Samples have been taken from the hands of both men and the swabs sent for forensic testing for gunpowder residue.

Police told relatives the results were expected to be in the hands of homicide detectives within days.

Four months later, relatives are still waiting on the results.

Mohammed-Ramkissoon was shot in the head during an argument in a car at Carapichaima, police said.

One of the men fled the vehicle and the other drove to the Chaguanas station. Police are investigating the case as a crime of passion.

The driver, a 35-year-old relative of the woman, ran into the station's charge room, seeking help from officers on duty around 7.55 p.m.

The man began screaming that the woman seated in the front passenger seat of his silver Nissan AD wagon had been shot.

The man told investigators, as he was driving along Waterloo Road, with Mohammed-Ramkissoon seated in the front seat while a man whom they both knew was in the back seat.

He said an argument broke out and a shot was fired. Mohammed-Ramkissoon was hit in the right side of the head.

Officers at the station contacted the emergency medical services, but when paramedics arrived, Mohammed-Ramkissoon was dead.