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MY CHILD GONE

By ALEXANDER BRUZUAL Saturday, February 1 2014

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THE death of a 21-year-old woman, who was seven months pregnant with her first child, has plunged her family into mourning as they struggle to come to terms with the passing of their loved one.

However, an autopsy performed on the body of 21-year-old Iemeeliah Goumel yesterday by pathologist Dr Hughvon des Vignes, at the Forensic Science Centre in St James, has left relatives confused, as the it seems to indicate the would be mother may have taken her own life — as she died as a result of slash injuries to her wrist. This goes against what police initially said, that Goumelle was murdered.

“They saying she did it to herself. That she took a knife and did it to herself. I don’t know nah. I don’t know. I can’t see my little girl doing that,” Goumel’s father Patrick Goumel said last night. Assistant Commissioner of Police (Homicide) Wayne Dick yesterday confirmed that investigators had received an autopsy report which indicated that Goumel’s death was a result of self-inflicted injuries and as a result, investigators are now treating the 21-year-old’s death as a suicide.

Asked about initial police reports on Goumel’s death, where neighbours allegedly heard an argument between her and a man days before the discovery of her body plus marks of violence noticed on her body, ACP Dick said investigations are still ongoing and police would be, “covering all relevant angles”, and taking, “everything into account.”

On Thursday, a party of officers including Inspector Wayne Doodhai, Sgt Harper, Cpl Jones, PC Sankar and WPC Joseph, made their way to Shepherd Lane, Coalmine, Sangre Grande, after tenants contacted Sangre Grande police indicating there was a foul stench coming from one of the apartments in an apartment complex.

Officers who entered the apartment from which the foul stench was emanating, recoiled in horror when they discovered the semi-nude body of would be mother on the bed. Near the body was the seven-month old foetus, still attached to its mother.

District Medical Officer Dr Okolo viewed the body and ordered its removal to the Centre where the autopsy was performed yesterday. Speaking with Newsday yesterday outside the Forensic Science Centre, Patrick said Iemeeliah was his only daughter and that she was deeply loved by both her parents. He noted that she lived by herself having moved out of his home some years ago.

“She was an only child so you know what that means. She got everything she wanted, as far as we could provide for her. This was going to be her first child...my first grandchild. Right now, her death has left us all in a state of shock. We don’t know how we go from here. Her mother only learned of her death today (yesterday) and she is making efforts to return home,” Goumel said as he referred to Iemeeliah’s mother who works on a cruise ship.

Goumel said the last time he saw his daughter alive was two weeks ago when she came from YTEPP classes. “I bounced her up on the road and we had a small talk. I made sure she was ‘ok’ and that she didn’t need anything. We then both went our way. Next thing I am hearing is that her body was found. Words can’t explain how I feel right now,” Goumel said.

He described Iemeeliah as a “outgoing, fun, and likeable” person, who was loved by all who knew her. “She liked to talk, and was always smiling, so she had plenty friends. People would always call and check her.

You could ask anybody, Iemeeliah was loving and well-loved in return,” Patrick said. He revealed, as far as he was aware, his daughter had not chosen a name for his grandchild, although he did say he knew her mother was in the process of collecting several gifts for a planned baby shower.

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