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Shotgun blast to the face

By RYAN HAMILTON-DAVIS Thursday, July 17 2014

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MURDERED: Gardener and father of two Devanand Ramdass....
MURDERED: Gardener and father of two Devanand Ramdass....

A BLANCHISSEUSE family remains traumatised after a gardener and father of two was shot in the face and killed as he slept on a bed next to his horrified wife in their home during the early morning hours yesterday.

According to a police report, at about 2.20 am, gardener Devanand Ramdass was asleep in the bedroom of his Blanchisseuse Road, Arima home next to his 34-year-old wife when they were both awakened by the sound of loud banging on the front door of the house.

Two men forced their way into the house and entered the couple’s bedroom. One of the intruders pushed Ramdass’ wife to the side while the other pointed a shotgun at the gardener’s face. A shot rang out and Ramdass slumped to his bed, blood pouring from his face which was almost blown-off by the shotgun blast.

As Mrs Ramdass screamed, the killers left the house and escaped by running off. The police were called in and officers quickly mounted a mobile search of the surrounding area for the killers but no one was arrested.

An autopsy done yesterday at the Forensic Science Centre, St James confirmed Ramdass died almost immediately after being shot with portions of his face blown-off by the shotgun pellets. As they awaited the autopsy report and death certificate outside the Centre, Ramdass’ relatives wept as they consoled one another. His sister Hemrajie Dabar could barely speak through her tears and sobs. She described her brother as a good man.

“Oh God Lord, look what they do to my brother’s face! His whole face gone,” she screamed. Relatives said Ramdass was a father of two children aged one and three. He was the sole breadwinner in his family and sold his vegetable produce at a shop.

“He was sleeping and these men barged into his home and shot him dead in front of his wife. Right now she can’t catch herself. She is still in a state after what she witnessed. He had no enemies that we knew of and never spoke about being threatened by anyone. So his violent death has come as a shock to all of us,” a relative told Newsday. Police sources said they had no motive for the murder and investigations are continuing. The murder toll so far for the year is 237.

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