Saturday, February 24, 2018

Autopsy: 21-year-old woman committed suicide

 THE death of a 21-year-old woman, whose seven-month-old foetus was found next to her body, is being treated as a suicide following a post-mortem at the Forensic Science Centre in Federation Park yesterday.

According to the post-mortem results, the victim killed herself by slitting her wrists.

Her name was Imeelia Goumel. She was a Youth Training and Employment Partnership Programme (YTEPP) student, who lived by herself at an apartment at Shepherd Lane, Coalmine, Sangre Grande.

Her father, Patrick Goumel, did not have much to say yesterday afternoon when telephoned by the Express, only that he last spoke to her about a week and a half ago.

“She was a cool person and I don’t want to say much besides that as she lived with her mom, so as far as I know she was always okay. She had her friends and so on, so I really can’t say how she lived.”

The woman’s body was found sometime on Thursday after neighbours reported a stench emanating from the apartment.

The police were called in and a team of officers along with the apartment’s landlord entered the premises and found Goumel’s semi-nude body lying on the floor in a bedroom. The foetus was near the body.

Police initially thought she had been beaten and left for dead. They believe the body had been there for four days prior to the discovery.

Relatives who were contacted by police said the last time they saw Goumel alive was on Sunday.

 The Express was told that Goumel’s mother is out of the country as she is said to be working on a cruise ship. It was not known if Goumel’s mother was aware of her daughter’s death. 

Pathologist Dr Hughvon Des Vignes concluded that Goumel slit her wrists, following which she bled to death.

Sangre Grande CID and Homicide Bureau officers are continuing investigations.

—Gyasi Gonzales