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New investigator probing Caroni woman’s death

By Nalinee Seelal Sunday, November 18 2012

Officers of the Central Division have appointed Inspector May Harris to probe the circumstances leading to the death of Caroni mother of three Stacy Ramdeen.

The new investigator was appointed following claims by relatives of the dead woman that she was murdered and did not die from sudden cardiac death due to coronary atherosclerosis.

On Monday last, Government pathologist, Dr Hughvon Des Vignes, conducted an autopsy on Ramdeen and listed her death as due to coronary atherosclerosis. Not satisfied with the autopsy report, Ramdeen’s husband, Evans Petamber, contracted Professor of Pathology at The University of the West Indies, Dr Hubert Daisley, to carry out a second autopsy. This listed her death as due to strangulation.

Petamber has since refused to bury his wife until a proper probe is launched into her death, and has instructed his attorney, Selwyn Mohammed, to write to President George Maxwell Richards, acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams and Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on his concerns. He has already met with investigators at the Police Complaints Authority, where he presented his case to them.

Last Thursday, officers of the Central Division executed a search warrant at Petamber’s Caroni home in search of drugs, arms and ammunition. They claimed Petamber’s wife told them she had swallowed cocaine and she was rushed to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, to have her stomach pumped. Sources revealed Ramdeen’s heart failed twice and doctors were able to revive her on two occasions, but she eventually died. During the autopsy on Monday, it was discovered that Ramdeen was suffering from chronic heart disease, but did not have any traces of cocaine in her body.

Yesterday, Superintendent Johnny Abraham, of the Central Division, told Sunday Newsday Harris was appointed to probe the matter thoroughly and if officers are culpable of any wrong doing they will face the full brunt of the law.

However, he noted that the incident will not deter Central Division officers from fighting crime and going after the criminal elements. He said officers in the division are now being faced with the situation where many of the persons involved in selling drugs have armed themselves with dangerous pitbulls and this is being looked into thoroughly.

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