POLICE intend to speak to the owner of the land on which Barrackpore labourer Ramraj Ramnarine was shot on Sunday.
This comes after an autopsy on Ramnarine’s body found that the calibre of the cartridges and the angle of trajectory at which the trap gun was set was consistent with the gunshot wounds.
Pathologist Dr Hughvon Des Vignes, who conducted the autopsy on Tuesday at Forensic Science Centre, St James, found two gunshot wounds on Ramnarine — one on his shoulder and the other on the side of his back.
The cause of death was listed as “shotgun wounds”.
Detectives said they found two waddings in two trap guns in a forested area at South Oropouche Road, where Ramnarine was killed.
One live round was still in the trap-gun, which was fashioned using a rat trap with a spring, and with a metal pipe attached.
Investigators believe that a homemade trap gun, meant to scare animals, fired and killed Ramnarine, two days before his 44th birthday.
Ramnarine, a father of two, had gone to the area to accompany his friend, Terry Singh, of Rochard Douglas Road, Barrackpore, who went to attend to his cattle at South Oropouche Road.
Singh, 32, told police that he heard a loud explosion and saw Ramnarine fall to the ground.
Police officers of Barrackpore Police Station and Praedial Larceny Unit had on several occasions spoken to Singh about complaints against him leaving his animals to feed on the neighbour’s land, the Express was told.
Police suspect that the trap gun may have been set to scare off the animals.
Ramnarine’s funeral is expected to be held today at 9 a.m. at his home at Manohar Trace, Barrackpore, after which he is to be cremated at Shore of Peace, La Romaine.
Acting Sgt Richardson of Barrackpore Police Station is investigating.