Murder of T&T attorney’s daughter…
Acting Police Commissioner Leroy Brummel is confident that the suspect in the brutal murder of Nikita Ramischand, the daughter of Trinidad-based attorney, will be captured soon.
Brummel confirmed that Immigration records show that that suspect, Ramesh Sookram, called ‘Alan’, entered Guyana.
“Immigration records show that he came here…it looks as if he planned the kill. We are working…we will get him.”
The acting Top Cop said that he has also spoken to Crime Chief Seelall Persaud about issuing a wanted bulletin for the suspect. He said that his counterparts in Trinidad will be informed as soon as the arrest is made.
A source said that information indicated that Sookram entered Guyana around 01:00 hrs on Thursday.
Detectives here have already checked at the Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara residence where the suspect’s mother resides.
The 25-year-old Guyana-born construction worker has been on the run since Wednesday, when he allegedly killed 18-year-old Ramischand near her mother’s salon in Maracas, Trinidad.
The victim’s throat was slit and she was stabbed several times in the abdomen.
Meanwhile, a relative of the slain teen stated that detectives in Trinidad recovered the murder weapon yesterday from a river near the slain girl’s home. However, the relative said that the detectives have not described the weapon. The detectives also revisited the murder scene yesterday.
Kaieteur News was also told that surveillance cameras at the Piarco International Airport showed the alleged killer and a male cousin, known as ‘Ravi’, boarding a flight the day after the murder.
According to this report, one of Sookram’s hands was bandaged. There are indications that he was injured while scaling a razor-wire fence during his escape.
It is believed that the killer washed off his bloodstained hands at the river where the murder weapon was found.
Ramischand is the daughter of prominent Trinidadian attorney Odai Ramischand. She is also the niece of Attorney General Anil Nandlall, who is presently in Trinidad.
The teen is expected to be cremated tomorrow.
According to the Attorney General, the suspect contacted the slain teen’s mother by telephone on Thursday and has called several times since.
“He’s calling the mother from an unlisted number telling her that he did not do it, that he would never do something like that, and that he only learnt of the incident in the newspapers. He contacted her up to last night (Saturday).”
According to a report in the Trinidad Newsday, investigators believe the suspect was obsessed with Nikita, who rejected his marriage proposal a few weeks ago. Kaieteur News understands that the suspect had threatened Nikita a few days before she was murdered, “but nobody took it seriously.”
According to the Trinidad media, Nikita, a second-year ACCA student of the School of Business and Computer Sciences (SBCS), worked at Casa de Belize, a salon her mother Shariza operated next to the family home at LP 46 Maracas Royal Road, Maracas, St. Joseph.
She was supposed to attend to a client at the salon at about 7 pm on Wednesday. Police believe that while walking to the salon, Nikita was ambushed by the suspect who dragged her behind the premises where he slit her throat and stabbed her in her abdomen. They believe that the killer used a kitchen knife.
The Newsday said that the victim’s mother told police that she did not hear any screams or any strange noises, but when Nikita failed to arrive at the salon she became suspicious and began calling her cell phone.
When the calls went unanswered, Shariza, her husband, Odai, their eldest son, Sid, and another brother and sisters began searching for Nikita.
They found her bloodied body behind the salon at about 8 pm.
Police believe the killer scaled a ten foot razor-edged wire fence, located on the northern side of the Ramischand family home, where he hid and waited for Nikita. Bloodstains were reportedly found on the fence.
An autopsy, performed by pathologist Dr. Eastlyn McDonald-Burris, revealed that Nikita bled to death after her throat was slit. She also received six stab wounds to the abdomen.
According to the Trinidad Newsday, Sid, Nikita’s eldest brother, said Nikita was considered “the baby” of the family and lived a sheltered life.
He said that three months ago, his father hired construction workers to work on the property where they lived and it was there that Nikita met the suspect. He said the two spoke frequently on the phone and when the suspect asked Nikita to get married a few weeks ago, she refused.
Kaieteur News understands that unknown to the victim’s father, the suspect continued to visit the teen even after he had stopped working at their home.
The Trinidad Newsday quoted the brother as saying that the suspect began making threatening phone calls to Nikita. Three weeks ago, the suspect scaled the razor-wire fence, entered the property and began threatening his sister.
It was only when Nikita said that she would call the police that he left. Sid added that his sister started a new relationship a few weeks ago and believes that this may have angered the suspect. He believes Nikita was being stalked.
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