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Imam demands justice for murdered woman
'Vile beast killed Nadia'
and KEVON FELMINE
As calls for justice were
being echoed during the
funeral service of 25-year-
old Nadia Simms, the man
detained for the crime led
police back to the crime
The 31-year-old Santa Flo-
ra man, who has been in police
custody since Sunday, made
some admissions to police but
denied killing the woman, in-
Police are unsure how
Simms died because of the
advanced state of decompo-
sition of the body.
An autopsy on Thursday
came back inconclusive pend-
ing the results of toxicology
Police believe that she
Simms was sexually assaulted
Investigators are complet-
ing a report to send to the Di-
rector of Public Prosecutions
for instructions on how to
At Simms' funeral ser-
vice, Imam Ameer Hosein
made an emotional plea
for justice, saying that no
forgiveness will be grant-
ed to the "vile, despicable
beast" who murdered her.
"Right now the cry is for
justice," he said.
Saying that sometimes
when people are emotional
they made mistakes and are
forgiven, however, he said for-
giveness only comes when a
person sincerely repents and
vows never to commit the
"Maybe then God will for-
give him," he said.
Referring to the teachings of
the Holy Q'uran, he said: "If
you kill one innocent person
it is as though you have taken
the life of all mankind. Right
now what I feel in my own
personal heart is that this man
has taken the life of all man-
kind and no forgiveness can
be due to him, because if you
give him a chance he may do
He challenged law en-
forcement authorities to take
control of the crime situation
which he said was unaccept-
"Please, I hope that the au-
thorities do listen to the cries
of the innocent and do some-
thing. You have the power.
Stand up to your responsi-
bility and hold on to your
authority, otherwise leave
and make place for someone
who could do the job."
Asking people not to judge
Simms for her naivety, he said
she was vulnerable and even
adults misjudge people.
"Be cautious, do not trust
anyone," he warned, adding:
"No matter how a man come
and portray himself to you,
stay away. Let your parents
know and let us try our best
to be a protector over our
The 25-year-old woman
left her home last Saturday
to meet a man who promised
to help her get a job at WASA.
She met the man previously
while she was employed at the
Giant Panda Restaurant and
Bar at Penal Rock Road.
Her mother made a report
to the police and went to the
man's house after she did not
Her body was discovered
when hunters stumbled upon
a hand protruding from a shal-
low grave in a forested area in
Santa Flora on Wednesday.
Murder victim Nadia Simms' mother, Naseefa, third from right, and grandmother Shaira Sookoor, second from left, along with
relatives view a collage of photos on Nadia's casket at the end of her funeral service at Rampersad Trace, Rochard Road, Penal,
yesterday. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
Angelo Bissessarsingh will be cremated at
the Belgroves Funeral Home, San Fernando,
on Sunday but would be closed to the public.
There will be no service as Angelo was not a
religious person, his father Rudolph said yesterday.
Rudolph said the gathering which is scheduled
to begin at 3 pm, will not be opened to the public.
It will be a gathering of close family and friends,
his father Rudolph said.
President Anthony Carmona, a friend of the
author and historian is expected to be among the
mourners as well as Opposition Leader Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar, a relative.
In September 2015, a book launch and cele-
bration of Angelo's 34th birthday turned into a
memorial as the celebrant told his audience, which
included the President and his wife, Reema, that he
had been advised by his doctors, "To start packing
up. It ain't going to be long again."
Angelo revealed then that his doctors had given
him three weeks to live.
"If, indeed, this is to be our last public appear-
ance together, our last soiree together, I want to
thank you. It has been a wonderful life. It has been
a short life, but you have made it a very rich experi-
ence for me," said Bissessarsingh on that occasion.
Once again by his sheer will to live, he defied
death for another five months.
But on Thursday he succumbed to multiple or-
gan failure and other ailments triggered by pan-
creatic cancer. ---See Tributes to Angelo on Page A8
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