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Ex-cop found hanging at Chaguanas home

By Carolyn Kissoon carolyn.kissoon@trinidadexpress.com

AN ex-police officer was found hanging from a steel beam on the top floor of his unfinished home in Chaguanas yesterday.

The body of Rampersad Roopchand, 38, was discovered hanging by neighbours around 7.30 a.m.

Roopchand served in the Police Service for almost 15 years and was last attached to the Couva Police Station.

He resigned last year and worked with a sanitation company, contracted by the Government, relatives said.

He lived alone at Sarju Street, Petersfield Village, Felicity.

Relatives said they were baffled by Roopchand's death, as he never complained of problems.

But a neighbour, who was the last person to see Roopchand alive, said he was distraught over a relationship.

Vedesh Deosaran said: "He came by us last night (Sunday). He said the parents of the woman he's involved with came to his home. He didn't say what happened ... but he was upset.

"He said he was fed up with life. He kept walking to his home and back by us. He left around 11 p.m. I was just comforting him. I called him a while after and asked if he was okay. He said yes, he was just sitting down and relaxing."

Another neighbour, Nazeem Khan, said Roopchand was already dead when they arrived at the house.

"A little boy across the road came out this morning to go to school and when he looked across he saw someone hanging and he called his father. I came too but he was dead. We couldn't do anything to save him," Khan said.

Roopchand's son, 17-year-old Giovanni, was clueless as to why his father would kill himself.

Roopchand had three children, ages 19, 17 and six.

"I don't live here. I usually pass to check my father when I am going to school. And this morning I got a call saying my father was dead," Giovanni said.

Khan said Roopchand's mother and relatives were on vacation from Canada and stayed at his house.

"He had a big party on Friday night, because they were leaving on Saturday. He was good ... he real lime and drink," he said.

The body was removed to the Forensic Science Centre in St James where an autopsy will be performed.

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