Baby Andre laid to rest
By LAUREL V WILLIAMS Thursday, October 17 2013
DIANA RAMSAROOP gently kissed the face of her two-month-old son Andre Mowlah yesterday as he lay in his tiny white coffin during a funeral service at Elite Funeral Home Chapel in New Lands, Point Fortin.
It was the final physical contact she had with Andre before he was laid to rest a the Cap-de-Ville public cemetery. On Sunday last, Andre was murdered as he slept.
A male relative, following an argument with Ramsaroop at their Cap-de-Ville home, grabbed Andre as he slept in a crib, raised him in the air and dashed the baby down to the floor. Massive brain injuries led to the child’s death.
About 25 persons attended the funeral service officiated by Pastor Roodal Balkaran of Sion General Assembly in Cap-de-Ville. Ramsaroop sat next to her daughter Tara Ramsaroop, both holding each other’s hands.
On viewing her son’s body for the last time before it was taken for burial, Ramsaroop’s composure gave way to tears. She got up and kissed her son three times. There was a solitary wreath and a teddy bear on top of the small white coffin.
Balkaran told Ramsaroop although Andre will never grow up, kick a ball, attend graduation or get married, she must keep the faith.
“Little Andre will never grow up to kick a ball. You will never get to see him graduate. The cruel hands of death have taken him away all because of sin. Sin is the cause of all evil. Unless we eradicate sin, wrongdoing will continue. But I urge you to keep the faith,” Balkaran told Ramsaroop adding that Andre was now in the arms of God.
Up to late yesterday evening the male suspect remained in police custody as investigators await instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) who has been given the case file.
Responding to allegations by Ramsaroop that she was turned away by a policeman at the Cap-de-Ville Police Post when she went to report the male suspect for a prior incident in which he threw Andre into some bushes at the side of a road following an argument, Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams yesterday told Newsday that if this was true, the Police Service’s policies were breached and those responsible will be investigated and dealt with under, “our disciplinary code”.
Williams said the service has a one-door policy in that whenever and wherever a person reports a matter, same must be addressed by officers. “If you report to police station A, police station A must address your matter. If police station A requires additional assistance, they can in fact be facilitated by another station but wherever it is reported they must address the matter and not refer a person without addressing the matter,” Williams said.