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I'D RATHER KILL MYSELF

By NALINEE SEELAL Tuesday, May 1 2012

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The 25-YEAR-OLD Guyanese construction worker who is wanted in connection with the brutal murder of Nikita Ramischand, 18, daughter of prominent local attorney Odai Ramischand has threatened to kill himself rather than surrender to police.

The suspect fled to Guyana about five hours after he allegedly slit Nikita’s throat and stabbed her several times at her Maracas, St Joseph home last Wednesday. CCTV (closed-circuit television) footage at Piarco International Airport showed him in company with a cousin before he boarded a Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) flight to Guyana.

One of his hands was bandaged and police believe this was from an injury he sustained while scaling a ten foot high fence topped with razor wire after committing the murder.

Police investigators also confirmed yesterday that they have seized a knife they believe to be the murder weapon found in a discarded tyre at a river behind Nikita’s home. Police believe the killer washed away Nikita’s blood from his hands in the river.

Odai’s nephew — Guyana’s Attorney General Anil Nandlall is in Trinidad for today’s funeral service. “I hope the fugitive is brought to justice and in the quickest possible time,” Nandlall told Newsday. He confirmed being kept abreast of developments with respect to the manhunt in Guyana for the suspect.

Yesterday, Ramischand told Newsday that on Sunday at about 7 pm, the suspect telephoned Nikita’s mother Shariza and spoke with her for about 20 minutes. Ramischand said that the suspect strongly denied involvement in Nikita’s killing but added that he prefers to kill himself rather than surrender to police. “He told us that he won’t surrender and that he would rather kill himself.”

Ramischand said that the man was very emotional during the telephone conversation which was recorded by police. “Where he is I know that he is suffering and not able to even get some water or food to eat. It won’t be long before he is apprehended and brought to justice,” Ramischand said.

The well-known attorney praised local police whom he said have not only been professional in their investigations but also very supportive and sympathetic to his family.

Ramischand said since his daughter was murdered he has not slept properly and that yesterday was the first time he actually ate food after being virtually instructed to do so by his doctor.

“I don’t know how I will cope at the funeral service for my daughter. I hope to be strong for the sake of my wife and our five other children,” Ramischand said adding that he is filled with a mixture of emotions including anger, frustration, grief, hatred, venom and disappointment.

Yesterday, Deputy Police commissioner Mervyn Richardson confirmed that the Homicide Investigations Bureau is working closely with police in Guyana to apprehend the suspect and have him returned to Trinidad for questioning.

Guyana’s acting police commissioner Leroy Brummel yesterday told Newsday he is confident the suspect would be captured soon. He added that Immigration records showed the suspect (name called) whose alias is ‘Alan’, in fact arrived in Guyana.

“We believe the murder was premeditated but we have given the assurance to the Trinidad and Tobago police that we will get him,” Brummel said. Yesterday, Brummel was working closely with other senior police officers to issue a Wanted bulletin for the suspect who has already been named publicly in Guyanaese newspapers and radio.

Two local Homicide Investigations Bureau officers left Trinidad on a CAL flight at 12.25 am last Thursday and arrived in Guyana at 1.25 am. The suspect listed his mother’s address in Guyana as his destination when he left Trinidad. That address is Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara.

However, his mother has told Guyana police that her son never arrived at her home and she has not heard from or seen him.

However, police in Guyana obtained telephone records which indicated the suspect spoke with his mother from an unlisted number telling her he only learnt of the incident in the newspapers. The last time he spoke to her was on Saturday night.

Nikita, a second-year ACCA student of the School of Business and Computer Sciences (SBCS), worked at Casa de Belize, a salon her mother Shariza operated next to the family home at LP 46 Maracas Royal Road, Maracas, St Joseph.

Last Wednesday she was walking to her mother’s salon located inside the compound of her father’s sprawling mansion when police believe she was accosted by her killer who dragged her behind a guest house on the compound, slashed her throat and then stabbed her six times in the abdomen. She will be cremated today at Belgroves Funeral Home following a funeral service.

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