‘Love affair’ sparked cop’s suicide

By Susan Mohammed

A LOVE affair is believed to have sparked the suicide of police constable Lutchmansingh Pooran, after he tried to kill his niece-in-law.

Investigating police officers said yesterday they received written statements confirming the affair from several relatives of Pooran, and from shooting victim Andrea Angel Persad. 

A detective told the Express that on Boxing Day, Pooran contacted Persad by phone and threatened to kill her and himself. 

Shortly after midday, Pooran drove to Persad’s grandmother’s home at Spring Trace, Siparia, and attempted to carry out his threats. 

He shot her after she refused to enter his car, and as she ran into her relative’s home for re­fuge, he shot himself in the head. 

Pooran, 29, was attached to the Criminal Gang and Intelligence Unit based in Port of Spain. He joined the service some ten years ago. 

He lived at Ramsubhag Trace, Barrackpore, and was married with a two-year-old child. 

At his home yesterday, family members declined to speak about the incident, or to provide a photograph of Pooran.

A relative said to show Pooran’s face would put other members of the Criminal Gang and Intelligence Unit in jeopardy.

Persad was kept at San Fernando General Hospital for a gunshot wound, as a bullet had grazed her chest and exited her arm. 

She was expected to be discharged from hospital yesterday. 

An autopsy was conducted on Pooran’s body yesterday at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, where the man’s relatives avoided the media when approached for comment. 

The autopsy concluded Pooran’s death was consistent with a gunshot wound.

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