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Suicide cop's girlfriend: Don't blame me

By Carolyn Kissoon carolyn.kissoon@trinidadexpress.com

The girlfriend of ex-police officer Rampersad Roopchand said their relationship was not the reason he committed suicide on Monday morning.

The Central woman, who asked not to be named, said she was disappointed that Roopchand's friends believed their love was tainted.

"We had a good relationship. Our parents met and everything was good. My parents loved him, my friends loved him. He was a respectable man in the community. No one knows what happened on Sunday night. I don't know, But it was not because of our relationship," she cried.

Roopchand, 38, was found hanging from a steel beam upstairs his unfinished house at Felicity, Chaguanas, around 7.30 a.m. The father of three lived alone.

"But although he lived alone, I was there very often. No one knows about our relationship. No one has a right to assume things when they don't know the truth. We had many plans.

"I spoke to him that night, no one else knew what was going on. I spoke to his mother in Canada and she said as long as she knows the truth and I know the truth that was all that matters," his girlfriend said.

The woman said her parents dropped off Roopchand at his home on Sunday night after he attended a birthday party. She said there was no argument.

Neighbour Vedesh Deosaran said he was the last person to see Roopchand alive on Sunday night. He said the former police officer was crying and complaining that he was frustrated.

"He said the parents of the woman he is involved with came to his home. He didn't say what happened," he said.

Police said Roopchand was suspended following an incident in which a Colombian woman was removed from a cell at a police station in the South Western Division.

However, relatives said he was "tired of the service" and decided to resign.

He started a contracting company and was very successful, his girlfriend said.

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