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Stacy's husband hopes for 3rd autopsy this weekend

By Susan Mohammed susan.mohammed@trinidadexpress.com

THE HUSBAND of slain Caroni mother of three Stacy Ramdeen, who died after a police raid at the family home, is hoping that a third autopsy can be conducted on her body this weekend.

Ramdeen's husband, Evans Petamber, who is also known as Omar Mohammed, told the Express that he needed to conduct the final rites on the body of his wife, who died three weeks ago.

"I do not want my wife's death to be another Akiel Chambers case. I do not want her body to have deteriorated past the point that the doctors are unable to find out the true cause of her death", Petamber said.

In May 1998, Chambers's body was found at the bottom of a swimming pool at 23 Balata Terrace, Haleland Park, Maraval, after a birthday party for a classmate. He was 11 years old. A post-mortem revealed he had been buggered and strangled. No one has been charged for the crime.

Ramdeen died on November 8 after a team of police officers from the Central Police Division conducted a raid at the family home at Ibis Gardens.

An autopsy by Dr Hughvon Des Vignes concluded that she died of chronic heart disease, ruling out the police version of events, that Ramdeen, also known as Ameera Mohammed, died after she swallowed cocaine.

Her family protested and a second autopsy was conducted at a funeral home by Dr Hubert Daisley, who concluded that she died as a result of manual strangulation.

The family, through attorney Selwyn Mohammed, wrote several letters to authorities, including Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams, suggesting that Daisley's findings be accepted as the truth.

Family members took their protest outside the Prime Minister's office on Thursday, which drew the attention of Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and Minister of National Security Jack Warner, who held a meeting with Petamber and promised a third autopsy.

Petamber told the Express yesterday that he agreed to have a local pathologist conduct the autopsy. "I am hoping that as early as this weekend, so that I can bury my wife. If I opted for a foreign pathologist, then the autopsy would be done in a week or more. But she was a practicing Muslim for 15 years, and the time has passed for her proper burial rites".

Closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) outside Ramdeen's home captured images of her being carried out by police officers, and placed in the back of a police vehicle.

An inspector of the Homicide Division (South) has begun an investigation into 11 police officers of the Chaguanas Task Force and Central Police Division CID who were at the house during the raid.

Petamber said that on Thursday the CCTV footage was obtained by the homicide division. He said that he intended to set up an organisation in his wife's name for other persons like himself who are seeking justice from the State. "People are entitled to justice. It is a simple basic need," he said.

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