Friday, December 15, 2017

Nurse’s body in car: cops release relative


strangled: Jaya Dubay-Ramrattan

Mark Fraser

The relative of murdered nurse Jaya Dubay-Ramrattan who was being questioned by police has been released.

The body of Dubay-Ramrattan, 32, was discovered in the trunk of her car after it was towed to the Barrackpore Police Station on Thursday. 

Her husband, Ramchand Ramrattan, reported he last saw his wife a week ago when she left their Wilson Road, Penal, home to go to work.

Dubay-Ramrattan, mother of a four-year-old daughter, worked at the St Ann’s Hospital for ten years and also at a private hospital in Cocorite. 

Police said Ramrattan, a former police officer, went to St James Police Station to file a missing-person report on Wednesday. 

He was directed to the Barrackpore Police Station.

A Barrackpore resident, who was aware of Dubay-Ramrattan’s disappearance, visited San Fernando General Hospital on Thursday morning and spotted the woman’s vehicle around 4 a.m.

He contacted the Barrackpore station and the car was towed away. 

Crime Scene Investigators were contacted and Dubay-Ramrattan’s partially decomposed body was found in the trunk. She was wearing a night-gown, police said.

A close male relative was immediately taken into police custody for questioning. The relative was released yesterday.

An autopsy performed by Dr Hughvon Des Vignes at Forensic Science Centre, St James, found Dubay-Ramrattan was strangled and suffered cerebral cranial trauma. 

Dubay-Ramrattan’s relatives were not willing to speak with the media about her death yesterday.

The body will be laid to rest following a funeral service at her home this morning. 

Meanwhile, the public car park at San Fernando General, where the car belonging to Dubay-Ramrattan was found, is not outfitted with closed circuit cameras. 

And although the area is manned by security, vehicles entering are not searched.

This is according to South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) chief executive officer, Anil Gosine, who assured the public yesterday that security at the hospital would be re-examined.

Investigators have been informed that the car park was not monitored by surveillance cameras.

Dubay-Ramrattan’s Hyundai Elantra car was parked in the temporary car park near the Accident and Emergency Department at the hospital.

Gosine said the area was not paved and was used mainly by visitors.

He said the adjacent staff car park, however, is monitored by closed circuit cameras and vehicles are checked on entry.

“But in light of what took place recently, we need to look at the public car park and improve our security measures,” he said.