Wednesday, February 21, 2018

‘Prom King’ hangs self after argument

A 16-year-old Penal schoolboy, who was voted “Prom King” last month at his high school graduation, is suspected to have committed suicide yesterday after a dispute with his father.  

Tyron Rampaul of Ramnarine Trace, San Francique, was found hanging at his home. 

Rampaul, a pupil of Iere High School, Siparia, wrote his Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) exams and was awaiting results. 

According to police, around 10 a.m., the teenager’s father, Romulus Rampaul, spoke to him about doing some work at their home. 

Police said the elder Rampaul left the home and returned shortly before 10.30 a.m. 

The father told police that he spoke to the teenager downstairs and told him he was going to take a shower. 

When the father returned downstairs he discovered the boy’s body hanging from a length of rope tied to a rafter in a shed at the back of the house. 

Police said there was a three-step ladder next to the body. 

At the time, his mother was at the dentist’s office in Penal, police said. 

At the home, only his cousin, Anil Rajkumar, spoke with the media. 

Rajukumar said Tyron was the youngest of three children. 

“He was doing well in school. He wrote CXC (in January) and got ones. Everything was going fine. He spent time with his eldest brother yesterday (Sunday),” said Rajkumar. 

Asked what may have caused the teenager to take his life, Rajkumar said: “No one knows. Everything was going fine.” 

On the wall of his Facebook profile, condolences flooded in from his friends to his family. 

Officers from Penal Police Station, led by Inspector Harridass, visited the home and conducted interviews. 

The body was removed to the San Fernando mortuary, and an autopsy is expected to be performed today. 

PC Ramjattan is investigating.