Saturday, February 24, 2018

Arima man chopped to death

While sleeping comfortably next to his 34-year-old wife, just one room away from their two young children, armed assailants stormed the home of Devanand Ramdass yesterday morning and killed him.

According to police reports, at about 2.20 a.m., Ramdass, of Blanchisseuse Road, Arima, was asleep with his wife in their home when they were awakened by a loud crashing noise.

Curious, Ramdass’ wife got up to investigate the sound of the noise and was violently kicked to the ground by two men who stormed into the bedroom.

The men, who were said to be brandishing cutlasses, then attacked Ramdass and proceeded to chop him about his head several times, as his wife looked on in horror.

As quickly as they came, the two assailants exited the home and fled the scene.

The police were notified and a party of officers from the Northern Division and the Homicide Bureau of Investigations visited the scene.

The officers found Ramdass’s body on its back on a mattress in a room on the eastern side of the house.

Speaking to reporters yesterday, relatives of the slain man said they did not understand why anyone would want Ramdass dead.

“He was a gardener. He never used to trouble anybody really. He was just a quiet gardener who kept to himself. He had no enemies that we know of, and it’s not like he had money in his house or anything. So this entire thing just has us baffled. Because they kill him like that, with his wife right there, and his children close by. He didn’t deserve that,” said a female relative.

His death takes the murder toll for the year to date to 237.

The figure on July 16 last year was 199.