Labourer found dead, relatives cry murder

By Susan Mohammed

THE FAMILY of a 53-year-old Penal man, whose death was ruled as accidental, believes that he was murdered.

Hemkaran Ramdeo, also known as Harold Boodoo, was found dead in his home at Suchit Trace with bruises about his face, hands, and feet, a police report stated.

An autopsy performed by forensic pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov at the Forensic Science Centre yesterday concluded that Ramdeo died as a result of blunt force trauma to his cervical cord, and a lower neck fracture.

However, Ramdeo's brother-in-law, Taran Pooran, told the Express: "The pathologist said he died after he fell down, maybe from a step. But how come his mouth or lips didn't burst? The injuries to his body could not happen in a fall."

A police report stated that around 5.30 p.m. on Sunday, Pooran went to Ramdeo's home to deliver some food and met the front door open.

He went into the house where he saw Ramdeo lying motionless on his back in the living room.

Police said investigations revealed that Ramdeo was liming with other men from the area earlier that day.

He said he saw "blue-black" marks on Ramdeo's belly and the skin on his wrist, where he wore a gold bracelet, was "ripped off".

Ramdeo, a Community-based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme (CEPEP) labourer, lived alone in the concrete and wooden house, was never married and had no children.

Pooran said Ramdeo returned to Trinidad two years ago after residing in Canada for eight years.

He said Ramdeo had an on-going court matter with a landlord over the occupation of a house.

The relative said the family was considering having a second autopsy performed on the body.

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