New funeral arrangements were agreed upon yesterday as relatives of Bridgette Gangadeen and her husband, Dwarka Gangadeen, reached an amicable decision when the matter was called before High Court Judge Rishi Persaud. They agreed that the husband be given sole custody of his wife’s remains.
He is now free to prepare the body for cremation scheduled for Wednesday. Afterwards he is to take the body to her mother’s residence for viewing lasting one hour. Thereafter the body would be taken to his residence at Lusignan, East Coast Demerara, for further viewing.
At the husband’s home there is to be a Hindu ritual, after which the body would be taken to the Good Hope foreshore for cremation.
Attorney at law Basil Williams, who is representing the woman’s relatives, yesterday told Kaieteur News that the family had come to an amicable decision.
Dwarka Gangadeen is being represented by attorney at law Bernard De Santos.
Some of the woman’s relatives, who were present at the court yesterday, said that they were displeased with the judgement.
One aunt said that she is pleading with the police to be present at the funeral. “We need the police to be present because we are not sure what else this man is capable of.”
A third post mortem examination was expected to be conducted on Monday, in keeping with a request by Dwarka Gangadeen, but was postponed indefinitely.
Justice Persaud, on Saturday, granted a motion filed by Gangadeen preventing his wife’s family from cremating her remains.
The woman’s body, with her head crushed, was found in front of the Vigilance Police Station, two Sundays ago. The husband later told police that the two had an argument and that she jumped from the moving vehicle.
Sources close to the Gangadeen family had told Kaieteur News that the family was not able to procure a pathologist who would carry out the examination.
The family was subsequently advised by their attorney not to follow through with the third post mortem.
One police source close to the investigation has told Kaieteur News that a new file has been constructed and was sent to the Director of Prosecutors Shalimar Ali Hack.
Gangadeen had moved to the court to get the court order and secure his wife’s body after a Trinidadian pathologist, hired by the dead woman’s relatives, told Police investigators she was strangled.
According to the pathologist’s report, which was seen by this newspaper, the woman died as a result of strangulation with haemorrhage in a left strap muscle of the neck and left thyroid gland.
Relatives claimed that the woman endured 14 years of abuse, and have claimed she was murdered. But in a sworn affidavit, the man claims a blissful marriage with “minor problems.”
The Police had initially said that they were treating the case as murder, and not as an accident. Police in the first post mortem report said she died of a fractured skull.
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