Sunday, December 17, 2017

Relatives fearful for children’s lives

Double murder in Chaguanas


MURDERED: Savitri Sultan

Mark Fraser

A RELATIVE of slain Couva mother Savitri Sultan said yesterday they are fearful for her childrenís lives since her killer continues to evade police arrest.

A female relative of Sultanís, who did not wish to be identified, said the suspect had turned up at Sultanís sisterís home asking for her children on Saturday, hours after she was murdered at a relativeís home in Chaguanas.

ďWe have to keep hiding the children. They are not even staying in their motherís wake because we donít know what he might do. He is very violent. So we cannot have them staying in one place for long in case he harms themĒ, said the relative.

Savitri Sultan, 39, a mother of three, and her friend, Jankie Bachu, 48, were stabbed with a knife by the suspect who had been stalking her since she ended their relationship several months ago. Sultanís cousin-in-law, Babita Praimsook, escaped the knife attack with slashes to her ear and fingers, as she tried to fight off the killer.

Senior Superintendent of the Central Division Johnny Abraham said the suspect, of Southern Main Road, McBean Village, Couva, was not arrested yesterday.

The double murder occurred at Celestine Drive, Thompson Road, Palmiste, where Sultan, her 11-year-old son, Omar, Bachu and relative Babita Praimsook went to drop off Ramsookís sister, Chandroutie Roop at her home.

Yesterday the Express was told that Praimsook was still traumatised, but was recovering from her wounds.

Sultan, a dental assistant, of Cumberland Street, had been in a relationship with the suspect for some five years after the death of her husband.

Sultan had taken out a protection order against the suspect, after she suffered physical abuse and death threats.

However, he continued to stalk and confront her despite numerous reports to the Couva Police Station.

Autopsies on both Sultan and Bachu are expected to be performed today at the Forensic Sciences Centre, St James.