Friday, January 19, 2018

Pathologist: Woman fought like an animal for her life

CRYSTAL Balcharan would have fought like an animal for her life as someone stabbed her at least 25 times to death over the weekend.

This is according to pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov, who performed the autopsy yesterday on Balcharan’s body at Forensic Science Centre in St James.

Alexandrov told the Express he believed the woman’s killer was a man, since the stab wounds inflicted on her chest were so forceful they broke her chest bone in two places.

“She was stabbed more than 25 times and she was fighting for her life like an animal. There were only five stabs on her chest, but the others were on her hands and forearms because she was shielding her body. The stabs were very quick, coming one after the next,” said Alexandrov.

The body of Balcharan, 32, was found on Robertson Street, near Cipero Street, San Fernando, on Sunday morning.

She was identified by her mother, Kunti Kissoon, who went to the police after she could not find her daughter. 

Police were called to the scene by an anonymous caller after the body was discovered around 1.20 a.m. near a mango tree.

The body appeared to have been dragged and there were stab wounds to the chest, stomach, back and legs, officers said. 

The purple top she was wearing was raised and her long, white pants were down to her knees. She was also wearing a pair of pink slippers.

Police were told Balcharan’s last known address was at Peter Street, La Romaine, and she was employed as a dancer in a bar in San Fernando. 

The pathologist said yesterday he believed a kitchen knife was used in the killing. Alexandrov said he saw no evidence on her body of sexual assault.

Balcharan, he believed, was alive when she was dragged on the roadway since there were multiple abrasions, mostly on her back.

No suspects have been held in the killing, homicide detectives said yesterday.

People in the bar said they remembered her as a “friendly girl”.

Cpl Fortune is investigating.