Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Cops keep eye on chapel

Double murder suspect seen near funeral...


POLICE officers turned up at the funeral of Couva mother of three Savitri Sultan yesterday after the man suspected of murdering her and a friend last Friday was seen lurking nearby.

Uniformed and plain clothes officers were present at the funeral at Guide’s Funeral Chapel in Couva.

Sultan’s sister, Koreen Dumont, wept as she read the eulogy in which she remembered her sister as a “dear and loving soul” who was like a mother to her siblings.

“We would like you all to keep her in your heart. We called her ‘Sadia’ and may she rest in peace. May God shower her children with blessings and courage and strength”, cried Dumont.

She appealed to the congregation: “I know my sister cared for a lot of people. Can you please help us to be a mother to these children since she accepted everyone as her own?”

Sultan, 39, and her friend, Jankie Bachu, 48, were knifed to death by the suspect who had been stalking her since she ended their rela­tionship several months ago.

Sultan’s cousin-in-law, Babita Praimsook, escaped the knife attack with slashes to her ear and fingers as she tried to fight off the killer. 

Sultan had earlier this year taken out a court protection order against the suspect after he followed and threatened to kill her on several occasions.

The double murder occurred in Celestine Drive, Thompson Road, Palmiste, Chaguanas, where Sultan, her 11-year-old son, Omar, Bachu and relative Babita Praimsook had gone to drop off Ramsook’s sister, Chandroutie Roop at her home. 

At the funeral yesterday, pastor Ramdhan Ramkripaul said no human had the right to take another life.

“This idea of hurting and hating someone is inexcusable. Nobody has the right to take another life. Instead, try to better yourself, try to be a better citizen because eve­ry day, you come closer to your own grave”, said Ram­kripaul.

“While you are alive, take care of your family. Give them all the roses and love. Have respect for life. If you don’t have respect for your own life, at least have respect for others’ (lives).”

Sultan’s children are in hiding. The suspect had gone looking for the children hours after the killings. The children—twin girls Sophia and Soriya, 15, and their brother, Omar, 11, attended the final rites yesterday.

Following the funeral service, Sultan was cremated at the Waterloo Cremation Site.

The funeral for Bachu also took place yesterday at his family’s home in Southern Main Road, Edinburgh 500, Chaguanas.