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Cops probing two suicide deaths in Pt Fortin

By Cecily Asson Saturday, December 24 2011

Police are investigating two separate suicide deaths in Point Fortin, which according to police, occurred within five hours of each other, and came as a result of broken relationships.

The victims have been identified as 14-year-old Ricki Ali of Dam Road, Egypt Village, Point Fortin, and Shivanan Chuniram, 26, of Erin Road, Cap de Ville, Point Fortin.

Ali was a Form Three student of Vessigny Secondary School, and police believed Ali committed suicide after his girlfriend left him.

Reports are that his girlfriend who attends the same school had called off their relationship.

A police report stated that at about 3.30 pm on Thursday, Insps Bernard, Mahabir and Cpl Ramkelawan of the Point Fortin Police Station responded to a call, and went to a house in Egypt Village where they spoke to Aliís uncle, Prakash Ramnarine.

The report stated that Ramnarine went to Aliís apartment downstairs the familyís home and called out to his nephew, but got no response. Upon checking further he opened the door to his bedroom where he saw him with a blue curtain tied around his neck and hanging from a windowsill in the room. An alarm was raised. An emergency ambulance arrived and paramedics tried to resuscitate him, but failed to do so.

Crime scene investigators along with District Medical Officer, Dr Rasiah visited the scene. The body was viewed and later removed to the Forensic Science Centre. Cpl Ramkelawan is investigating.

In the second incident, police said Chuniram had become depressed after a close female relative left him.

Chuniram was a well known dancer and singer in his community. He often performed at village weddings, and other ceremonies.

A report stated that at about 8.30 pm Lutchman Chuniram, 35, told police he found his nephew with a piece of nylon rope tied around his neck, and hanging from a rafter in his house.

Insp Bernard, Mahabir and PC Smith visited the scene. The body was viewed by District Medical Officer, Dr Bhagwantee, and ordered removed to the Forensic Science Centre.

PC Scott is investigating.

Post mortems were expected to be performed yesterday.


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