THREE BULLETS: Sherlene Charles, 37.

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Mom of 4 shot dead by jilted lover

Suspect returns to ‘finish the job’ after chopping victim; shoots daughter, 14, too

By Susan Mohammed susan.mohammed@trinidadexpress.com

FOUR days after being chopped by her jilted lover, a 37-year-old Ste Madeleine mother of four was on Thursday night gunned down.

Her 14-year-old daughter who was shot in the incident is in critical condition at hospital. 

Sherlene Charles, of Tarodale, and her daughter Kimberly were shot at close range as they stood in their living room. 

Charles died at the scene while her daughter was taken to the San Fernando General Hospital where she is a patient in the intensive care unit (ICU). 

Relatives said the girl suffered a punctured lung and was expected to undergo surgery. 

Charles was employed as a kitchen assistant at the Royal Palm Hotel in San Fer­­nando. 

Charles’s sisters, twins Ann Marie and Marie Mahangoo, said that last Sunday night, the 35-year-old suspect of Macaulay, Claxton Bay, ambushed Charles as she was walking up her staircase after returning from work. 

The sisters said that earlier that day, Charles had gone to the Mon Repos Police Station and told police of the break-up and threats being made by the suspect. 

“He (the suspect) went to the station. He told them that he was not going to interfere with her again,” said Ann Marie Mahangoo. 

Charles later went to work and when she returned home at around 10.10 p.m., he ambushed her. 

“As she walked up the stairs, he ran out from behind the house and chopped her. He started to ‘planass’ her and she ran into the road bawling. She lay down in the road and neighbours come out. He told her he coming back to finish the job and he ran off,” said Marie Mahangoo. 

Charles was chopped on her lower back, right palm, left foot and was cut on her legs. 

For the next few days, Charles received threats from the suspect that she should drop the case which she had reported to police. 

On Monday after she was discharged from hospital, while police officers of the Mon Repos Police Station visited her at her home, the suspect kept calling her phone. 

“Eventually, a policeman answered and told (the suspect) he had to come into the (police) station, and he (the suspect) said he would come on Wednesday,” said the sister. 

According to Marie Mahangoo, the police said they were searching for the suspect but advised relatives to stay with Charles at her home. 

“They said the more people around her, the better. He (the suspect) might keep away,” she said. 

On Thursday night, Charles; her daughter; son, Naim, seven; Marie Mahangoo; and a neighbour were talking at the back of the house in Stoney Hill, Tarodale, when at around 11 p.m., Charles heard a noise inside the house. 

Police said Charles went to investigate and found a window broken, the front door open and the man standing in the living room with a firearm. 

Marie Mahangoo, who witnessed the killing of her sister, said: “We were talking and laughing when we heard a noise. She got really scared and I told her I am going to make a phone call. She went in front. He had the gun straight at her; she was facing him. He shot her two times and when she fell, he came over her and shot her again,” she said. 

“Kimberly came out and he shot her, too. I started to scream when I saw my sister. I bawled out to call the police.” 

Ann Marie Mahangoo said she believed the suspect had a vehicle parked some distance away and used it to escape. 

Police said they recovered four spent nine-millimetre shells at the crime scene. 

Relatives said the suspect did 

not like Kimberly, a pupil of the Ste Madeleine Secondary School. 

Marie Mahangoo said it was the suspect’s birthday on Wednesday, and he spoke to Naim that day on the phone. 

“He told Naim that he was not go­ing to see him again,” said the sister. 

Charles’s father, Ashook Mahan­goo, said his daughter ended a seven-year relationship with the suspect in December because he had a gambling problem. 

The sisters said the break-up was amicable, and the suspect was never violent towards their sister. 

“He was always cool and straightforward,” they said. 

Cpl Ramlogan of the Ste Madeleine Police Station is investigating.

The murder toll up to last night was 162, compared with 128 for the same period last year. 

 

Women killed so far this year

 

Of the 162 homicides recorded this year, at least 14 are women: 

 

•  Sharon Bahadur—47, of Princes Town...........................died of chop wounds

•  Amanda Persad—22, of Barataria.............................died of gunshot wounds 

•  Leela Ramdeen—57, of Cedros........died of strangulation during a robbery 

•  Dian Paladee—48, of St Augustine............................died of gunshot wounds

•  Abigail Persad—32, of Arima.....................................died of gunshot wounds

•  Aaliyah Caines—15, of Belmont.................................died of gunshot wounds 

•  Stacy Roopan—23, of Couva.....................................died of gunshot wounds 

•  Julie Duke Guerrero—33, of Couva.................................died of stab wounds 

•  Marilyn Murggan—50, of Carapichaima.................................was strangled

•  Imeelia Goumel—21, of Sangre Grande...............................beaten to death 

•  Jaya Dubay-Ramrattan—32, of San Fernando.......................was strangled

•  Dana Seetahal—58, of Woodbrook............................died of gunshot wounds 

•  Sherlene Charles—37, of Ste Madeleine...................died of gunshot wounds

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