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As women across the world yesterday cel-
ebrated International Women s Day, a Mara-
bella family were grief-stricken after man
killed his wife and himself in the presence of
their five-year-old daughter.
The murder/suicide has left the families of
both Jessica Brereton, 34, and Anil Lalmansingh,
41, of South Oropouche, in shock as they were
unaware that the couple was in a violent rela-
Lalmansingh shot Brereton dead before turn-
ing the gun on himself on Saturday night.
Police said around 9 pm, a man was at
Princess Margaret Street, San Fernando when
he heard several loud explosions.
The man saw a little girl, around five-years-
old, running towards him. The child told the
man that her parents were dead, police said.
He called the police and when they arrived
on the scene, the officers found both left side
doors of a silver BMW parked at Princess Mar-
garet Street open and the bodies of a man and
woman with gunshot wounds inside.
Brereton was slumped in the front passenger
seat while Lalmansingh was in the driver s seat.
Police also recovered a revolver, believed to
be the murder weapon, near the gear lever.
Both Brereton and Lalmansingh worked at
Iere Express Couriers Ltd and had been together
for more than two years. They had no children
together, but Brereton had two children---five-
year-old girl and 11-year-old boy---from two
previous relationships. Lalmansingh had an 18-
year-old daughter from a previous relation-
At her Seaview Drive, Marabella home yes-
terday, Brereton s mother, Veronica Noel, said
her daughter broke off the relationship before
Christmas, but Lalmansingh would not leave
Noel said she never knew that her daughter
was in an abusive relationship until yesterday
morning when one of Brereton s friend told her
that Lalmansingh used to beat and verbally
"We had a close relationship. She should have
told me something," said Noel.
All she knew was that Lalmansingh was
always asking her for money. She said Lalmans-
ingh would still pick her daughter up for work
and sometimes they worked late.
She said on Saturday around 8.30 pm, Brere-
ton left in Lalmansingh s car, saying she was
going to Fyzabad to come back. She took her
daughter because she said she was not going
to be long, Noel said.
Not long after someone called Noel and gave
her the bad news. When the police contacted
her, she went to the Homicide Office where the
police handed over her granddaughter to her.
"When I asked her for her mother she said
Mummy gone in the hospital. "
Noel said she was waiting until members of
church arrive to speak to the child further about
Describing Brereton as a nice person who
was always smiling, Noel said her daughter
worked hard to take care for her children.
Meanwhile, Lalmansingh s relatives were at
his Mitchell Street home yesterday trying to
come to terms with what happened.
Lalmansingh s older sister, Kim Bhola, said
he was not a violent person and not abusive to
"Anil loved that girl. He told my sister he
love she. That is why everybody is like, What
happened? What went wrong?"
"Anil was never a violent person, he was a
cheerful person and was always there for his
When she heard the news, she said she was
both hurt and shocked. "My mom cannot hold
up right now."
She last spoke with Lalmansingh about two
weeks ago when their mother came to visit
them from the United States.
Asked if she knew why he killed himself and
Brereton, she said: "We don t know? We don t
have no idea if they had a dispute or a quar-
As far she was aware, Lalmansingh and Brere-
ton was still in a relationship. She said Brereton
lived by her brother for a while and sometimes
he would say by her (Brereton). She sympathised
with the Brereton s family.
"As a mother my heart went out to them.
It is so sad. I want to give sympathy to them.
I don t know what went wrong."
Autopsies are expected to be performed today
at the Forensic Science Centre, Port-of-Spain.
Cpl Charles of the Homicide Bureau of Inves-
tigations South is investigating.
Bandits sneaked into the family s home
of a government minister as he slept and
made off with cash and other electronic
"My life was spared thank God for that.
Thank God for being alive this morning,"
said Minister of Gender, Youth and Child
Development Clifton De Coteau in a tele-
phone interview yesterday.
De Coteau s learned that the house at
King Street, Princes Town, was burglarised
after he got up around 2.45 am and found
the place ransacked.
The minister does not live at that address
but he grew up there.
De Coteau said he has been staying at
the house because his brother who lives
there with his family is in London.
"I went to bed around 10 pm and when
I went outside around quarter to three this
morning I saw the place ransacked," the
The minister said he forgot the key in
the burglar proofed backdoor through which
the thieves gained entry.
"I don t know how I made that funda-
mental error," said De Coteau.
Dismissing speculation by his neighbours
that the incident was politically motivat-
ed, De Coteau said he believed the thieves
thought the place was deserted. The minister
said he intends to install security surveillance
and alarms at the house. (SW)
De Coteau left keys in padlock
Burglars strike sleeping minister According to a police
report, the thieves stole
a $4,500 television,
$3,000 cash and several
ASP Gafoor and a
team of officers from
the Princes Town Police
Station visited the
PC Mungal is
Child witnesses parents' murder/suicide
Abusive husband kills wife, self
Jessica Brereton, shot dead.
Veronica Noel, mother of Jessica Brereton
who was shot an killed by her ex boyfriend.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Anil Lalmansingh, committed suicide.
Clifton De Coteau
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