|Boy, 10, crushed to death |
By STACY MOORE Tuesday, February 2 2016
TEN-YEAR-OLD twins Stevie and Steven Hansraj were inseparable since birth. One of their favourite hobbies included walking their dog ‘Brownie’ on afternoons.
But on Sunday last, little Stevie left the family’s Saltmine Trace, Siparia home alone to walk the family dog. Hours later, his body was found pinned under an iron gate a short distance from his home.
According to police, at about 9 am, Stevie left home with ‘Brownie’ and never returned. After hours of searching, the boy’s relatives found him under the steel gate at an abandoned ranch owned by an industrial company in Siparia at 9 pm.
Several relatives lifted the 5x5 steel gate from off of Stevie’s little body.
District Medical officer Dr Parasram ordered the body removed to the Forensic Science Centre.
An autopsy yesterday revealed that Stevie died from compression asphyxia. This is a result of compression of the chest and abdomen by the weight of the gate. “My baby did not stand a chance. I know he was killed instantly and it really hurts as a mother to go through this pain. It really hurts,” cried Stevie’s mother Lisa Hansraj, 34.
The mother of seven, said she last saw her son alive late Saturday evening before he went missing. “We ate breakfast and lunch together and was doing chores when I realized that he was missing. I called him and his brother said he went to walk the dog. I looked around and saw his twin brother Steven home and right away I knew something was strange,” Hansraj said.
“The children play together as sisters and brothers but the twins are always paired off. They never leave each other and Stevie and Steven were inseparable.” Hansraj said it was odd that Steven did not accompany his brother on the walk with the dog. “That is one question I keep asking myself and I don’t know the answer.” “We went in search of him. We went to all the houses where Stevie’s friends live but no one saw him. We searched for hours.” The search party later went to the abandoned ranch. “That was the last place I thought we should look as none of my children ever went there. But we searched and came across his body under the gate. The gate was so heavy it took several of us to lift it off his body.
I am thankful he did not suffer as I know his death was swift. God rest his soul and help me to get through this,” she cried.
Stevie was a standard three pupil at the KPA Primary School in Siparia. Investigations are continuing.