– residents believe foul play involved not suicide
Shockwaves rippled through the closely knit village of Lusignan on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) on Thursday last, when the body of 47-year old Christie Rooplall, was found hanging in her kitchen by her 12 year old son.
Reports are that the Rooplall’s son, who attends the Saint Stanislaus College made the gruesome discovery around 16:00 hours when he returned home.
Ramesh Rooplall, the husband of the deceased, was at home at the time of the incident and some residents are still puzzled as to where he was until the body was discovered.
In fact, Kaieteur News was told that although the teenage boy discovered his mother hanging from the ceiling in their kitchen with the rope tied around her neck, an alarm was not raised until about 18:00 hr (two hours later).
According to one resident who knew the family for a number of years the woman was a sociable and well-liked person.
He cannot think of any reason as to why Rooplall would commit suicide, since she was known to be hardworking and had three sons which she loved dearly.
“She didn’t have any reason to do something like this because she worked as an Accounts Clerk at a Pandit’s lumber yard in Good Hope and she only bought a brand new bus the other day. She always wanted to elevate herself… This story is really suspicious to many of us,” said the neighbour.
Another resident explained that one of the Rooplall’s neighbours who assisted in cutting the rope attached to the dead woman’s neck from the ceiling had stated that the woman appeared to have been dead many hours before.
“It is like she died since midday, ‘cause she body was stiff, stiff and the roof from which the rope hanging was very low to the ground. Nothing in the kitchen was tumbled or kicked down. When police investigated and questioned her husband he didn’t have on any wedding ring or show any remorse,” stated the other man.
When this newspaper arrived at the residence of the deceased, her husband and one of her sons were at home. The man broke down into tears as he tried to explain whatever little he could.
According to Ramesh Rooplall, he never had any major arguments with his wife and the couple shared a very loving relationship. They had been married 27 years during which they had three sons.
He said that his wife had a serious argument with her maternal uncle on the said day of the incident and that she was a very “soft” person.
Her maternal uncle had acted as her father while she was growing up since her biological father had deserted his family.
“She and her uncle had a big argument. The two of them had some property in their name and he take a lady now and was telling she to take she name off, and like she refuse and they had a fight. He must have talk too hard on she and now look what happen to me. My wife is no longer with me and she kill herself and leave me,” sobbed the husband.
A few other residents told this publication that they have been living in the same street for many years with the Rooplalls and never witnessed any big arguments between the couple.
One woman explained that the family was very close knit and that the couple lived a simple life with each other.
Police are initially treating the matter as a suicide and are awaiting the results from the post mortem examination to ascertain definitively how she died. (Kristen Macklingam)
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