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Domestic violence murder victim
Anita Bahadur made her last com-
plaint to the San Juan Police Station
five days before she was killed, head
of the T&T Police Service’s corporate
communications, Ellen Lewis, con-
According to Lewis, Bahadur,
27, told police the suspect went to
her work place at Maloney Street,
Petit Bourg, on March 15 and
made threats against her life to her
Bahadur was not at work at
the time of the alleged threats.
In Bahadur’s report, she provided
a description of the suspect and a
photograph but could not provide a
She, however, notified police
the suspect was known to frequent
an empty lot of land just off Hollis
Street, Petit Bourg.
On the same day of the report
(March 16), the police went in search
of the suspect but did not find him.
Details of her last report to po-
lice were also confirmed by one of
Bahadur’s co-workers, who wished
not to be named. The co-worker said
the suspect came to their workplace
last Thursday and again on Saturday
and lurked around the building until
Bahadur’s shift ended.
The co-worker said when she first
realised that suspect was outside
the bar and restaurant, Bahadur
went out and spoke to him behind a
locked gate, where she again begged
him to leave her alone. It was then
that the suspect threatened to kill
her, the co-worker said.
“He had even tell the boss on
one occasion that he would kill her.
Anita, for years, lived in fear of this
man and she went to the station last
Friday and Monday this week to
make a report against the man and
begged the police to do something
to protect her,” Bahadur’s co-worker
Bahadur’s eldest sister, who
also wished not to be named or
photographed, said her sister was
the fourth of 11 children. She said
for years her sister ran and hid
for her safety from the suspect.
Bahadur, a mother of four, was
originally from Lyons Drive, Or-
ange Field Road, Carapichaima.
“From Princes Town to Arima to Fe-
licity to Aranjuez... she was always
on the run to get away from him. No
matter how many reports she made
to the police, the police always told
her that is either they can’t find him
or they can’t stay there and monitor
her, although she would beg an cry
to them to help her in any way that
“I was there too with her many
times and can point out officers who
would say that or say that she and
him will work things out, that they
can’t get too much involved,” Baha-
dur’s sister said. (See Page A5)
Friday, March 23, 2018
Relatives of murder victim Dex-
ter Hospedales, 33, of Arima,
are claiming he was a victim of
domestic violence for several
Hospedales was stabbed
once in the left side of the chest
while at his rented apartment
at Boy Cato Road, Las Lomas,
on Wednesday morning.
Hospedales was originally
from Mootoo Lands, Arima,
and was an animal and pro-
duce farmer for the past two
A police report initially
stated that at about 10.30 am,
Hospedales had an altercation
with a close female relative
and was subsequently stabbed
by an unknown assailant who
ran onto the compound a few
minutes after the altercation
Yesterday, however, po-
lice said on Wednesday night
they were told by Hospedales’
close female relative that she
stabbed him in self defence.
But speaking with the T&T
Guardian at the Forensic
Sciences Centre, St James, yes-
terday, Hospedales’ cousin,
who wished not to give his
name on record, said over
a year ago Hospedales was
stabbed in a domestic dispute
with the same woman and was
warded at the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Complex,
He was at the time renting an
apartment in Arima.
Hospedales’ cousin said he
did not know what happened
between the two when he was
discharged from the hospital,
but knew that his cousin was
still with the woman after that.
He added that they knew
Hospedales was allegedly con-
stantly abused by the woman
during their relationship, but
said he did not know for sure if
he would have made any offi-
cial reports to the police.
While at the facility, the T&T
Guardian was directed to the
woman in question, but she
walked off when approached.
A male relative of hers said
they would not be commenting
on the incident.
Hospedales’ relatives are
calling for justice and are hop-
ing the investigating officers
carry out their investigations
in a fair and unbiased manner.
Investigations are continuing.
Their relationship was toxic
The situation which murder victim
Anita Bahadur and the man who
killed her were in was yesterday
described as a “toxic” by the sus-
pect’s own brother.
He called for his relative to face
the full brunt of the law for his in-
The man, who claimed to be an
elder male brother of the suspect,
posted a video message to social
media yesterday, in which he also
took blame and responsibility for
not doing enough to prevent the
situation from escalating to the
point where Bahadur was killed.
Instead, he said, he begged the
suspect on many occasions to “dis-
tance himself ” from the woman.
“I have been working with him,
toiling with him, speaking with
him. For years I have been asking
him to just distance himself from
this situation because it is a toxic
situation on both sides.
“For whatever it is, I do honestly
feel a little bit responsible, because
I feel like I did not try hard enough,”
the suspect’s relative said.
“Yes, it is true he came out of
prison last week. I took him, I
spoke to him, I took him to work
with me and asked him to just leave
the situation alone, but for some
reason he just did not listen and it
is so unfortunate that this have to
come and happen now.”
The relative, in his four minute,
33 second message, started off by
apologising to T&T and Bahadur’s
family for his relative’s action,
adding he hoped he was penalised
fully for his actions.
“Nothing could justify his ac-
tions, so I hope he is penalised in
the way that he should be penal-
ised...we tried to curb the situa-
tion. I honestly believe that nothing
should warrant anybody to take
such actions against anybody no
matter how tough the situation,”
She lived in fear—family
Relatives of murder victim Anita Bahadur leave the Forensics Science Centre
in Long Circular yesterday.
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Suspect stalked Anita days before attack
Anita Bahadur’s brother-in-law,
Clifford Rollins Jr, expressed his anger
over the situation.
“Where is Anita? She gone. She
not coming back. She was looking for
protection from the police and got
none! What work out? From six feet
under? That’s what the police was
waiting for to actually do something
Rollins said Bahadur was beaten badly
while in the relationship with the
suspect, adding the licks was so bad
she was left with lifetime marks and
“We gave police photos of the
suspect and also photos with the
marks and scars she would get. They
have everything. We made several
reports at the Chaguanas, Tunapuna
and San Juan Police Stations over
the years. One time we even begged
for her to be placed in a protection
programme and was told by the police
that it could not have been done just
like that. Anita was willing too go too
because she was fearful for her life,”
Rollins added that last Thursday
the suspect came out of prison after
serving about three months and even
called her from within the prison walls
and threatened her.
The suspect, according to Rollins,
was arrested by officers of the Child’s
Protection Unit, who had acted on
reports made by Bahadur.
The unit is said to have three of
Bahadur’s children in their care given
the nature of Bahadur’s reports.
“My wife (Bahadur’s sister) was
forced to call the Prisons Service
and tell the officer in charge of the
calls that Anita was getting from the
suspect and still nothing was done,”
Bahadur’s sister also cleared the air on
monies owed to the suspect.
“He may have said that in public to
make people around him feel that she
owed him money and a gold chain
but she did not. In fact, I have receipts
to prove that I have been sending her
money to pay her rent. He never gave
her money because he never worked.
She was the one always working and I
would help out too.
“She only had a silver chain with a
small silver heart pendant. She never
had any kind of assets.”
Bahadur’s sister said she will always
remember her sister as a loving, caring
and kind person.
“She loved her children and was a
dedicated and hard-working mother.
She leaves all her children now from
three years to nine years old. So sad.”
Bahadur was stabbed in the left side
of the chest while at the Croisee in San
Juan around 2.30 pm on Wednesday.
The suspect, who attempted to
run away, was chased by onlookers,
held and beaten. He was then handed
over to officers of the San Juan Police
Both acting Deputy Police
Commissioners Harold Phillip and
Deodat Dulalchan have called on
officers from the San Juan station for a
Brother-in-law: She was scarred for life from attacks
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