Thursday, February 22, 2018

Relatives ‘baffled’ over South contractor’s murder


Nisha Espinoza

Mark Fraser

Relatives of murdered businesswoman Nisha Espinoza are struggling to come to terms with why her assailants killed her, even after they successfully took the money from the 44-year-old woman. 

Speaking briefly to the media at the Forensic Science Centre in St James yesterday, relatives described Espinoza as a “kind, caring and loving woman” who was simply doing her job when she was attacked. 

“She was a regular person who was just working, doing her contracting business. She wasn’t doing anything wrong. She was just going to work to pay her workers when these two men come. She resist and throw the keys to her truck over the fence. Fine. But you get the bag from her. You had the money. You had the $50,000 in your hands. Why did you still have to take her life? Why did you do that? She would have been 45 next month, and you killed her? Such a beautiful person. For what? We don’t understand,” a relative said. 

According to police reports, at about 4.40 p.m. last Friday, two men armed with 9mm pistols made off with some $50,000 in cash after shooting Espinoza during a robbery attempt at the Point Lisas Industrial Estate. Neither the cash nor the men have yet been found.

Espinoza and her husband Ramesh Ramdeo had just pulled up in their Isuzu van on the compound of Phoenix Park Gas Processors at the Point Lisas Industrial Estate at Rivulet Road carrying the cash when the shooting occurred.

Espinoza was rushed to the  Couva District Health Facility  where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

The cash was being paid to workers in front of the company’s job site.

She lived at Sisters’ Road, New Grant, Princes Town, with her husband but the couple recently moved to Gasparillo, the Express was told. 

Espinoza was the mother of two.