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While the amperage in the
extension cord was not powerful
enough to damage Breanna Jessica
Jaglal s body, it was sufficient to
stop her heart.
An autopsy conducted on the
eight-year-old s body at the Forensic
Science Centre, St James, yesterday
revealed that her death was con-
sistent with electrocution.
An investigator said the result
confirmed that she was shocked as
she tried to charge her electronic
tablet in the washroom of her
Batchiya Branch Trace #1, Penal,
home on Thursday.
The findings showed that elec-
tricity entered her left hand and
passed across her chest, which
stopped her heart before exiting
above the sole of her feet. It was
explained that the 120 volts from
the plug was not the lethal meas-
urement, but the amperage.
One doctor explained, "What kills
in electrocution is not the voltage
but the amperage: the power of the
current. Sometimes people are
shocked with high voltage but they
survive. It is not like a magical event,
it is called electrophysiological dam-
age. The current stops the heart and
sometimes it starts back and beats
irregularly. It can start again and
stop, and then you would die.
"In cases of shock, doctors would
try to restart the heart again. Nobody
knows exactly how long it would
take someone to die after shock
because each situation is different."
Penal Police said that around 11
am Thursday, they got a call from
T&TEC who reported that Breanna,
a pupil at the Dayanand Memorial
Vedic School, received an electrical
shock and was taken to the San Fer-
nando General Hospital by an
However, she was pronounced
dead on arrival.
When officers interviewed Bre-
anna s sister, Adreanna Jaglal, 20,
she reported that around 10 am,
the child attempted to put her tablet
to charge with an extension cord
and was electrocuted.
Ag Sgt Manolal is continuing
Breanna Jessica Jaglal
JENSEN LA VENDE
The country is deteriorat-
ing morally because parents
and by extension the com-
munities are not training their
children to do what is right
and shun what isn t.
This was the message deliv-
ered to a handful of Gonzales
residents who showed up for
the procession from St Andrew
Lane, where 12-year-old Yakini
Charles was shot Tuesday, to
Wesleyan Holiness Church,
Belmont Circular Road, Bel-
Addressing the gathering,
mostly women and children,
was Gonzales resident
Genevieve "Aunty Jenny"
Daniel said that parents
needed to stop being hypo-
critical and playing the blame
game when they too facilitated
wrongdoing by having guns
and drugs in their homes. She
said that if children were not
taught the right things they
would grow and do what was
"It must start with love and
respect and unity. If you know
a gunman talk to him, show
him where he is going wrong
and stop compromising. Don t
have drugs in your house and
say he bad he selling drugs, let
us get real. I born and grow in
Gonzales. My son was shot
here, I born and grow here and
I will die here," Daniel said
before the procession began.
During the procession, led
by Charles grandmother
Lucille Layne, children were
seen wearing jerseys with a
photo of the Tranquility Sec-
ondary School Form One stu-
dent printed on it. They along
with their parents sang hymns
and gospel songs, holding signs
that read "No More Killing,"
"We Tired Cry" and "Right
Now We Cyah Think".
At the church mourners
comforted each other as every
five minutes there was an out-
His aunt Amatulah Charles,
who read the eulogy, said she
wished the acronym RIP
meant Return If Possible, as
she recalled her last conver-
sation with her nephew.
Charles said before her
nephew left for school he asked
her how he looked in his school
shirt and he was told that he
looked great. Relatives told the
T&T Guardian earlier this week
that on arrival at school the
12-year-old was heckled by
friends who told him that his
shirt looked like a parachute.
Charles was killed around 8.30
am, while on his way to his
Pitman Lane, Gonzales, home
to change his shirt.
"The only justice I want is
from God, whatever he choose,
nothing else. My message to
the shooter is because you had
nothing to do half past eight
in the morning with your life
you take this child own,"
The Ministry of Education
said young Charles was not
sent back home because of a
breach in the school s uniform
The reason Charles was not
in school was confirmed by
his father Saad Charles, at the
end of the funeral service.
The father of four said his
message to the nation was to
listen to their children since
his son was reaching out to
him but he did not listen.
Saad was referring to his
son telling him that he found
the shirt too big, but his father
chided him saying that he was
going to school to learn and
not for looks.
According to police reports,
Charles was heading back to
his Pitman Lane, Gonzales,
home around 8.30 am when
he was shot in the back along
St Andrew Lane, Gonzales.
He ran along Olton Road
after being shot but collapsed
and was taken to the Port-of-
Spain General Hospital by a
truck driver who saw him lying
on the roadway. Charles died
while being treated.
FUNERAL OF SLAIN SCHOOLBOY
Take a stand against drugs, guns at home
JENSEN LA VENDE
The police search of the office
of the Police Service Social and
Welfare Association has been
described as mischief by officers
and attributed by them to the
association s stance against the
buy-out of vacation leave of First
During an interview with radio
station i95.5 FM yesterday, pres-
ident of the association Insp
Anand Ramesar said the associ-
ation was being targeted because
of its objection to the proposal.
"There is a lot of pressure
placed against the executive and
this is a clear case of a conspiracy
against the association by the
executive, especially since we have
taken a stance against the (acting)
Commissioner (of Police) s efforts
to buy out the vacation leave of
senior officers. We are not going
to stand by.
We are talking to our lawyers
in this particular matter.
The commissioner has ques-
tions to answer," Ramesar said.
Ramesar s claims, however, have
been rejected by the Police Service
which stated in a media release
yesterday that on the advice of
the Office of the Director of Public
Prosecutions, officers of the Fraud
Squad were investigating claims
of misconduct against Ramesar
and now suspended general sec-
retary Insp Michael Seales.
The Police Service described
Ramesar s comments as "disin-
genuous and highly unfortunate."
The allegations relate to claims
that officials of the association
received money from certain
members to secure houses on their
behalf through the Housing Devel-
Deputy Commissioner of Police,
Crime and Support, Glen Hackett,
assigned the investigations to
Head of the Fraud Squad, Senior
Superintendent Tootaram Dook-
ie.On Thursday, police officers
searched the premises of the asso-
Raid on Police Association
Motivated by bad
Belmont residents call for peace during a
street procession before the funeral of
12-year-old Yakini Charles (inset) who
was murdered on Tuesday.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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