Thursday, January 18, 2018

10 most-visited stories on 'Express' website For 2017

Osmond Baboolal, then and now.


ON the evening of October 24, former youth parliamentarian, youth ambassador and Miss India/T&T finalist Kimberly Teelucksingh ended her life.

It happened in her bedroom at the family home in Princes Town.

The hanging stunned everyone who knew her, including the boyfriend who had been her confidant for years.

As far as anyone knew, she was supposed to graduate with a Bachelor of Laws degree from The University of the West Indies the day before she died.

All who knew Teelucksingh, 24, who had already achieved more than most her age, said she had never shown signs of depression, stress, or mental illness.

The truth of her secret life is still being unravelled.

Teelucksingh had pretended to be enrolled at The University of the West Indies. She pretended to attend school for years. She bought the law books, did the assignments and shared her plans to pursue studies at the Hugh Wooding Law School.

What she did with her days, no one is certain. She made up a life.

The University of the West Indies issued a statement. It said she had not been a registered student since the 2013/2014 academic year and was not expected to graduate in 2017.

Campus deputy principal Prof Indar Ramnarine said: “The news of Ms Teelucksingh's passing is extremely sad. She was a young woman with obviously a lot of potential. We are saddened by her death but have used the moment to shed light on the counselling and psychological services that are available to students who are having a difficult time coping with their studies and university life in general.”

Teelucksingh's loved ones remain baffled.

Her story is the most read article on the Trinidad Express website in 2017.

Here are the other top stories.

 

Her husband of six months, Nicholas Tyler Baig, was arrested the next day and charged with second-degree murder. The motive for the killing is not known. The husband is in prison custody awaiting trial.

The funeral for Goberdhan, the only child to her parents living in South Trinidad, was held in Canada.

He was found lying on a football field at The UWI, St Augustine. He died at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex three days later.

The outrage was immediate. How could the hotline only be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.? his friend Ramkishore Maharaj asked at Caesar's funeral.

“If we want to prevent tragedies like this from happening again, we should strive to ensure that this vital service can be made more readily accessible to those in desperate need of it. One of the greatest things you can give someone who is struggling is understanding and a listening ear. If we want to change the world, let's start with making it easier for people to get help when they need it,” Maharaj said.

Months later, the country would learn that there were at least 400 primary and secondary school pupils on suicide watch in Trinidad and Tobago, which has the third highest rate of suicide in the Caribbean.

As of June, Lifeline became a 24-hour service for anyone suffering from depression or thoughts of suicide and violence, with TSTT providing a toll-free number - 800-5588. Callers can also reach Lifeline at 231-2824 from Digicel, and 220-3636 from Flow.

Kenneth Browne is charged separately with illegally disposing of a body. The Brownes are not married but have a relationship, police said.

WPC Joseph went missing on March 8, and her body was found by a fisherman in the Gulf of Paria on March 16. The cause of her death could not be determined by the pathologist.

 

Chadee and his minions would hang for the crimes years later. Osmond Baboolal is in prison, charged with two counts of attempted murder. His sister has a successful career. The Express stories about the children prompted two lawyers - Subhas Panday and Petronilla Basdeo - to take up the case on behalf of Osmond Baboolal, who has been in custody for seven years. The attorney are trying to fast-track Osmond's trial and secure what belongs to his deceased family.

According to the information given to police, Somai walked away from her home to go to a nearby parlour around 8.p.m on Tuesday, leaving her four-year-old son and husband at home.

The 23-year-old businesswoman, who recently opened a food business in Valsayn, never returned. Her cellphone was found in the front porch of the family home. It is an open secret in Chaguanas who may have been behind Somai's murder. The killing remains unsolved.

Rachael Sukhdeo, 29, posted on her Facebook account that she was “okay” and was grateful to those who were concerned about her.

The post read: “For everyone who's wondering if I'm dead or it's just another cut***…I'm okay. Thanks for your concern.”

She issued the statement after officers of the Chaguanas CID were called to the Sukhdeo mansion at Orchard Gardens, Chaguanas.

 

Naim Caliph, 34, was a passenger in the vehicle being driven by a friend when their vehicle came under fire on Tarouba Link Road.

The driver, who suffered an injury to the face, sped to the nearby Mon Repos Police Station seeking the help of officers. However, Caliph, of Lumsden, Gasparillo, died in the vehicle, which was hit by at least nine bullets on the passenger side.

The killing remains unsolved.

Cudjoe said the action was also reported to the police cybercrime unit and an investigation has been launched.

The video with photographs of Cudjoe attached was shared on social media at the weekend, sparking heated online discussions about the Tobago West MP. The minister was clearly upset as she responded to the person/s responsible through her Facebook page.

Cudjoe stated that the action was political and insisted that the young woman in the video was not her or known to her. She said the act was unfortunate, wicked, vile and inhumane.

On February 3, a 13-year-old schoolgirl was rescued by police from a house in East Trinidad where she was dressed in her school uniform when they found her.

Around 3 p.m. officers of the Eastern Division Task Force and Rio Claro CID received information and went to the house.

Police said the 27-year-old suspect was charged with several sexual offences.