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Freelance video journalist
Ramdeo "Hero" Heeralal, whose
daughter Rheia was killed in a fire
while trying to save him and his
wife will have to have reconstruc-
tive plastic surgery.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian
yesterday, Heeralal s other daughter,
Rheisa, 30, who also suffered burns
in the fire which destroyed their
home at corner Sapphire and Topaz
Avenue, Cunupia, said her father
was conscious and doing well in the
Intensive Care Unit at the Eric
Williams Medical Sciences Complex
(EWMSC), Mount Hope.
Rheisa said her father would
undergo further treatment and
observation for the next seven to ten
days, at the end of which doctors
would decide whether or not they
would have to proceed with plastic
"Both his eyes were scorched and
he is experiencing blurred vision and
a lot of pain but he is coming along
very well," Rheisa said.
Rheisa, who is also warded at the
EWMSC, was attended to by doctors
yesterday afternoon. She said she
was also recuperating at a satisfactory
rate. Asked if Heeralal was aware
that his younger daughter died in
the blaze, Rheisa replied: "Yes, we
all knew at that point. Daddy is very
saddened and in a state."
According to a police report, at
about 5 am on Tuesday, Rheia, a
24-year-old school teacher, woke
up from sleep to the smell of smoke
and alerted both her parents. Heer-
alal attempted to extinguish the
flames without success.
Her mother, Nardaroon, told the
T&T Guardian Rheia later became
trapped in the kitchen area and Heer-
alal, 60, had to give up an attempt
to rescue her due to the severity of
Fire officials said yesterday inves-
tigations were ongoing and they were
still yet to determine the origin of
Two weeks after her daughter
shot her prisons officer husband
Robert Seecharan dead, Sherry-
Ann Seecharan took her own life
by ingesting a poisonous substance
at her sister s home in Barrackpore.
Her mother Samdaye Rangoo is
now blaming her death on the failure
of police to provide counselling for
Sherry-Ann, 36, and her children
following the tragic events they
Yesterday marked two weeks since
Robert was shot by Mohini Ganase,
16, as he was severely beating Sher-
ry-Ann, after also attacking Mohini,
along the Penal Rock Road, Barrack-
"I was calling and asking the Bar-
rackpore police right through for
somebody to come and talk to them
and give them some counselling," a
distraught Rangoo told the T&T
"Nobody take me on and look at
what happen now, my daughter
Around 10 am yesterday, even as
Robert s family was conducting the
"bandara" or the final prayer cer-
emony for him at their Barrackpore
home, Sherry-Ann was said to have
been telling her sister what to do
with her body once she too was dead.
However, her sister did not expect
what was to happen next.
"She went upstairs, bathe and
come back but it look like she had
already taken the poison," Rangoo
"She was sitting on the couch and
she tell Elizabeth that she wants her
funeral done from here and she
wants her body taken to a crema-
"Elizabeth didn t know why she
was talking like that but is only when
she start to froth up she realise that
Sherry-Ann drink poison," she
Rangoo, 62, said she was in Siparia
when she received a phone call from
a frantic Elizabeth, asking her to
come to her home.
"I paid a taxi to drop me straight
here. When I reached she was still
alive. She was frothing from her
mouth and I wiped it a few times
but she couldn t talk and was only
blinking her eyes."
Sherry-Ann s four children live
with their father in Kanhai Road,
Barrackpore, and were not at Eliz-
abeth s home when their mother
ingested the poison.
Rangoo wept as she recalled how
Sherry-Ann and Elizabeth had bond-
ed following Robert s death. Eliza-
beth s husband, Clyde Johnson, was
killed by a trap gun set in his garden
on July 15.
"Two of them lost their husbands
and they had come together to make
it through. We never expected Sher-
ry-Ann to do this even though she
was very sad over Robert," she added.
Rangoo said Sherry-Ann celebrated
her 36th birthday last Thursday and
despite the family arranging a simple
prayer meeting, she became upset
Rangoo said the family tried to
comfort her and abandoned the
cake-cutting, eventually getting her
to rejoin them.
After death of daughter in house fire...
'Hero' may need plastic surgery
Counselling from cops could have helped...
Nobody take me
Samdaye Rangoo, left, mother of Sherry-Ann Seecharan, who committed
suicide, with a relative outside the family's home yesterday.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
JENSEN LA VENDE
A 25-year-old San Juan man died
at hospital on Tuesday night after
being shot during a shootout with
police on Tuesday.
According to police reports, Karim
Cain, of Bourg Mulatresse Road, San
Juan, died at the Port-of-Spain General
Hospital while undergoing treatment
for gunshot wounds.
North Eastern Division Task Force
officers, led by Sgt Cornelius Samuel,
had reportedly gone to Doolarie Trace,
San Juan, after receiving information
there was a man with a gun in the area.
Police said when they arrived there
around 6.30 pm Cain fired at them.
The officers returned fire and shot Cain,
who was then taken to hospital. Police
said they recovered a Glock 26 pistol
with and an extended magazine. Cain,
they said, had been previously charged
for robbery with violence and narcotic
In a release yesterday, head of the
North Eastern Division Task Force, Snr
Supt Radcliffe Boxhill, said he regretted
the fact that Cain had been killed but
was thankful none of his officers had
been injured in the shootout. He urged
his officers to continue their fight to
rid the country of illegal weapons.
In an unrelated incident, also on
Tuesday, two Diego Martin men were
arrested after they were caught with a
gun and eight rounds of ammunition.
Police said Northern Division Task
Force officers, led by Sgt Pitt and Cpl
Pamphille, were on patrol around 4
pm at The Falls, West Mall car park,
when they saw two men in a car acting
The officers searched them and their
vehicle and found a Taurus pistol and
eight rounds of 9mm ammunition in
the car. The men---27 and 26 of Four
Roads, Diego Martin---were arrested
and handed over to Western Division
The T&T Guardian visited the
Barrackpore home of Robert
Seecharan yesterday, where his
relatives had only just
completed the "bandara" or final
prayer ceremony on his behalf.
His sister, Ria Seecharan, said
the family learned of Sherry-
Ann's death halfway through
She showed the empty rooms
Robert and Sherry-Ann
occupied, saying everything that
Sherry-Ann requested from the
rooms after her brother's death
was given to her.
"She came with a list of things
that she wanted from the
rooms. Everything that was
here she took it."
During a press conference on
August 2, after she and her
mother were released from
custody without being charged,
Mohini Ganase told the media
she came to her mother's
defence after Seecharan
attacked both of them as they
were returning from an outing
at Quinam Beach.
She said Seecharan, after
turning on her, had began
beating her mother and
threatening to kill her with his
Ganase said she fought to take
the 9mm pistol away from
Seecharan, who had ten years
service, eventually succeeded
and pulled the trigger.
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