Last rites today for girl, 7

Crushed by falling gate at home

By Susan Mohammed

Seven-year-old Adita Roopchand, who died after a steel gate fell on her at her Freeport home on Wednesday, will be given her final rites today.

The funeral service is expected to take place at her home at Beaucarro Village and then followed by cremation at the Waterloo Cremation Site.

Adita died of head injuries she sustained after a large metal gate fell on her at her home on Wednesday.

An autopsy performed by Dr Hughvon Des Vignes at the Forensic Science Centre in St James found she died of cranio-cerebral trauma.

Adita, a pupil of Freeport Hindu Primary School, was in the front yard of her home standing mere feet away from her mother who was speaking with a neighbour on the roadway, when the gate fell on top of her.

Her mother, Sita Roopchand, said she had left Adita and her brother, Devindra, 11, watching television in the house and walked across the road to speak with a neighbour.

The children’s father, Rajendra Roopchand, a CEPEP (Community-based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme) employee, was at work at the time.

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