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A Couva mother is seeking closure and appeal-
ing to authorities to release the body of her son
which remains for testing for the last few months
at the Forensic Science Centre, St James.
Lazina Sankar, a mother of seven, of Persever-
ance Village, yesterday wept and hoped that soon
she would be able to bury her son, Rishi Sankar.
Rishi, 34, a prisons officer, was discovered dead
several days after he was reported missing from
his Couva home on June 22.
He failed to report for duty at the Golden Grove
Two suspects from the community allegedly
After months at Forensic Centre...
Mother pleads for
release of son's body
confessed to "beating and shooting" the prisons
officer and dumping his body in a river.
Police believe robbery was the motive, as one
of the suspects was caught in Chaguanas driving
Sankar s car.
They were later released from police custody.
Police officers searched for his body in the
Mitan River and surrounding areas but came up
In a brief interview yesterday, Sankar said her
son s body had not been released from the centre
and she was told the body was being tested.
"Two months ago, he was found a mile from
his house. They murdered him on June 23 and
after the body was sent to the Forensic Centre.
"I want them to give me the body and I am
grieving and paining. You thinking now you will
get it (the body) and nothing is going on. First
they said three months, then three weeks and
so it going on. I will like to bury him," she said.
She said her son was a staunch Muslim who
never drink, smoke or limed
"These people wanted the car. I wanted them
(police) to hold them. They outside and my
child over there and they take my child inno-
"God, it real hard to think about it. He was
a quiet person and everywhere he went people
knew he was quiet," she added. Forensic pathol-
ogist Dr Valery Alexandrov said yesterday he
could not comment because he was busy with
Police said the matter was still under inves-
President of the Fullerton Women's group, Feroza Jaggernath, right, presents general manager of Vitas
House Hospice, in St James, Lilia Mootoo, with a cash donation on behalf of the group at St James Medical
Complex on Wednesday. Vitas House Hospice, which is a subsidiary of the Trinidad and Tobago Cancer
Society, offers free service to all terminally ill cancer patients who have exhausted medical resources and
have a life expectancy of six months or less. PHOTO: SHILREY BAHADUR
Caribbean officials must join hands
to establish a regional sex offenders
According to officials of the Organ-
isation for Abused and Battered Indi-
viduals (OABI) and combat specialist/law
enforcement expert, Paul Nahous, this
would greatly reduce the ability of
offenders to cross borders easily and
continue to inflict pain and suffering
on an unsuspecting public.
Stressing that the setting up of such
a registry remained a priority for the
OABI, president Sherna Benjamin
Alexander and director Jonathan Bhagan
agreed that legislative changes had to
be introduced for the relevant agencies
to make a greater impact in reducing
crimes of a sexual nature.
During a panel discussion at the Fac-
ulty of Law, University of the West
Indies, yesterday, Alexander, Bhagan and
Nahous lamented the lack of proper
facilities and support systems for victims
of sexual abuse.
He caused those present to shudder
in their seats as he revealed that one
such offender was now "offering" spe-
cialised services to students at the uni-
versity, Nahous spoke of the "bold-
faced" nature of the prominent person
who he claimed had previously appeared
in court charged with offences of a sexual
nature involving children.
Nahous said some offenders could be
rehabilitated whilst others could not be
helped once they moved beyond a cer-
He added that there were people in
the country occupying "high levels" that
continued to perpetrate crimes and
He said one such example was the
Akile Chambers murder which remained
unsolved to date.
Bhagan said T&T needed to adopt
the same position as that of the US,
which had begun placing a special stamp
on the passport of registered sex offend-
ers so that it was easier to flag these
persons upon entry to another coun-
try.This was echoed by Benjamin who
highlighted a local case in which a young
girl from Cocorite was recently assaulted
by a man in the neighbourhood who
later fled the authorities.
She said it was only upon checks by
the police, that it was confirmed the
Grenadian national had committed sim-
ilar acts in his native country and that
he had come to T&T under the Caricom
Single Market and Economy (CSME)
Lamenting the fact that T&T had a
sex offenders registry known only to
the police, Bhagan said it was com-
mendable at the same time that this
country was among the 20 entities
worldwide that possessed one.
He too provided a local example in
which a returning T&T national had
been convicted as a sex offender in the
US but had quietly returned home and
secured work as a teacher in a prestige
girls school several years ago.
Call for regional sex
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