|‘I’LL KILL AGAIN’ |
By CECILY ASSON Wednesday, May 14 2014
THE MAN wanted in connection with the May 8 murder of his close relative and mother of four Sherlene “Smallie” Mahangoo-Charles, has telephoned relatives of the murdered woman threatening to kill again.
According to an uncle of the suspect, the killer has telephoned the family via a blocked phone number threatening to murder a policeman who the suspect insists was a good friend of the 37-year-old murder victim. The killer also threatened the life of one of Mahangoo-Charles’ siblings.
At about 11 pm last week Thursday, the suspect broke into Mahangoo-Charles’ Stony Hill Avenue, Tarodale, Tarouba home and shot the woman three times as she walked from her bedroom to see what was going on.
Mahangoo-Charles’ daughter Kimberley Mahangoo, 15, was also shot by the man who then ran out of the house and escaped. Kimberly remains warded in a serious condition at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the San Fernando General Hospital. Her brother Naim, seven, was not harmed.
Five days before Mahangoo-Charles, who worked as a cook at the Royal Hotel in San Fernando, was killed, she survived a vicious cutlass attack when the said man sneaked into her yard and chopped her as she was walking up a flight of stairs leading into her house.
The man promised Mahangoo-Charles that if she survived the cutlass attack, he would return to kill her and Kimberly. He then told Mahangoo-Charles to purchase “funeral clothes” and prepare for burial. He then ran off. Mahangoo-Charles was later treated and discharged. Days later she was dead.
In an interview yesterday with Newsday, the relative who gave his name only as Uncle Ram begged the killer to surrender to police, “before it is too late.” The 35-year-old killer who hails from Macaulay in Claxton Bay, has been described by police as “armed and dangerous.”
Ram said, the suspect spoke to him before and after murdering Mahangoo-Charles. “This man is serious about killing again. He has nothing to lose,” Ram said.
“This is a man who is prepared to die. Last week Thursday was his birthday and he passed by me that day and took two drinks. He told me that he was fed-up with the policeman disrespecting his home. He also told me that one of her (Mahangoo-Charles) brothers was encouraging the policeman. That was when he said that when he leaves by me he was going to kill Sherlene and her daughter. He also said he will kill the policeman and the brother,” Ram said.
Police investigators, Ram added, are fully aware of the threats the killer has made against the lives of the policeman and Mahangoo-Charles’ brother.
Other relatives told Newsday that three months ago, Mahangoo-Charles ended an eight-year long common-law relationship with the killer. They said that since then, she had stoutly resisted all attempts of a reconciliation with the man.
“If it wasn’t for that policeman (name called), he (the killer) would not have done what he did last Thursday. That policeman pushed him over the edge. He just couldn’t take it anymore,” Ram said.
Ram told Newsday that at about 12.30 am last Friday — just over an hour after the murder — the killer told him he had just killed Mahangoo-Charles. “He said that next on his list is the policeman and Sherlene’s brother,” Ram said.
He said all of Mahangoo-Charles’ relatives are now living in fear. “It has not been easy for us here as anything could happen. Right now some of my relatives are not sleeping at their homes because they fear they could be killed anytime.”
Several years ago, Newsday was told, one of the suspect’s brothers was shot and killed by a policeman, while another relative was beheaded.
Ram said the suspect has a charge pending in court which is expected to resume in August.
In Tarodale yesterday, Mahangoo-Charles’ other relatives were worried for their safety. Her father Ashook Mahangoo told Newsday he is very worried about the safety of his children.
“We have been receiving all kinds of strange and threatening calls all from a blocked number. We really want this man held as we do not feel safe at all with him on the loose,” Mahangoo said.
A senior police officer yesterday confirmed they have received reports that a family member has been receiving threatening phone calls from blocked numbers.
“We are working on it and trying to track him down,” the officer said.
“We are doing all in our power to catch him. We are working on all our leads. Up to last night (Monday) we were told he was seen in the area (Macaulay) and we went in search but didn’t find him,” the officer said.
The senior police source claimed to be unaware that the killer had threatened the life of a policeman and a brother of Mahangoo-Charles.
Mahangoo-Charles will be cremated today at the Shore of Peace, La Romaine following a 9 am funeral service conducted under Hindu rites at the house of mourning in Tarodale. Her injured daughter is not expected to attend the funeral due to the serious nature of her injuries.