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The quiet community of Bedasie
Street, St Augustine, was thrown into
a state of shock yesterday with the dis-
covery of the bodies of Sanjeev Ram-
baran and his ex-wife Dian Paladee.
Paladee, 49, was an heir to the Pen-
nywise chain of cosmetic stores, which
was founded by her father Lall Paladee,
who died in 2009. She was a teacher at
the El Dorado South Hindu School.
The estranged couple was found at
Rambaran s home around 4.30 am yes-
terday, bringing a gruesome end to a
frantic five-hour search for Paladee.
Paladee was found in her ex-husband s
bedroom on his bed, having been shot
once in the head, her ex-husband lay a
few feet away. After killing Paladee he
turned the gun on himself.
Police found a rolling pin between the
two bodies and she appeared to have
An autopsy performed on Paladee yes-
terday at the Forensic Science Centre,
St James, showed that she had been
handcuffed, mouth duct-taped and shot
in the head with a shotgun. The cause
of death was a single gunshot to the
Rambaran is said to have then placed
the shotgun in his mouth and using a
crowbar pulled the trigger. As a result
of the shotgun blast his head was blown
off and he had to be positively identified
via his serial number for his pacemak-
er.Paladee s brother Satnarine contacted
the Anti-Kidnapping Squad around 11
pm on Wednesday when she failed to
show up at her home at Prashanti Drive,
Orchard Gardens, Chaguanas, and at a
function she was scheduled to attend
earlier that night.
In 2005, Paladee s brother Dane was
kidnapped outside his Mohammed Road,
Tunapuna, home. He was released on
August 30, six days later. His kidnapper
demanded a $3 million ransom and he
was released after part of the money was
Police said Paladee s relatives tried
contacting both her and Rambaran but
neither answered their cellphones. The
relatives went to Rambaran s home, saw
Paladee s car parked in the driveway and
contacted AKS, who broke in and found
the two on the floor.
Rambaran, 44, a manager at Carib
Brewery, was described as nice person
by neighbours who said they never sus-
pected he could commit such an act.
Neighbours told the media yesterday
that Paladee would regularly visit her
ex-husband, as the two had an amicable
relationship. They added that Paladee
would visit and help Rambaran clean his
Landlady Angie Sookhoo, who gave
the members of the AKS a key to enter
the home described them as "lovely peo-
She said the murder/suicide has
shocked the community, which had
never experienced anything like this in
the past. Sookhoo wondered if the coun-
try was a living hell, considering the
amount of bloodshed for the year so
far.The murder/suicide of Paladee and
Rambaran is the second for 2014. Last
Saturday Shastri Roopnarine, 24, shot
and killed his girlfriend Amanda Persad,
22, before putting the gun to his head
and pulling the trigger.
Murder/suicide in St Augustine
Woman shot dead,
ex-husband kills self
Grieving relatives of Dian Paladee (below) leave the Forensic Science Centre in St James
yesterday, after viewing her autopsy. PHOTO: JENSEN LAVENDE
The murder toll now stands at 22 after the shoot-
ing death of a 27-year-old Santa Cruz man on
For the same period last year, the murder toll was
Residents of El Carmen Road, Gasparillo, Upper
Santa Cruz, told police they heard gunshots around
8.30 pm on Wednesday and after investigating found
the body of Jezereel Roberts. Residents subsequently
contacted the 999 Rapid Response. Cpl Frederick
and constables Sealey and Remy responded.
Roberts lived at Spring Valley Road, Champs Fleurs.
His relatives chose not to speak to the media when
approached at the Forensic Science Centre, St James,
Police believe Roberts s killing is linked to a murder
charge that he was recently freed of.
Roberts was charged with the 2009 murder of
Terrance Romain. Police said Roberts was supposed
to have been rearrested for Romain s murder after
being freed at the Tunapuna Magistrates Court last
JP kills bandit
during St James
would-be bandit was lit-
erally stopped dead in his
tracks yesterday morn-
ing, after he attempted
to break into the home
of a Justice of the Peace.
According to police
reports, JP Don "Bunny"
Asgarali was at his Kath-
leen Street, St James,
home around 5 am when
he heard a rattling at his
front door. He drew his
licensed 9 mm firearm
and went to his front
door. He was confronted
by a knife-wielding bandit who lunged at him. A startled
Asgarali fired a single shot at the bandit, who had
gained entry by prising open the lock. The unidentified
man was shot once in the chest and died on the scene.
Officers from the St James Police Station, including
Insp Henry Dann and Cpl Farrell, visited the scene
and conducted inquiries.
They concluded that the bandit gained access to
Asgarali s home through a side wall, which was at least
eight feet high and surrounded his property.
Speaking with members of the media outside his
home yesterday, Asgarali said he was saddened by what
happened, adding that he did not invite the burglar.
He said he could not say more on the matter as it was
a police investigation.
Patricia Bhagan, a neighbour, echoed a similar sen-
timent, saying that she was not sorry for what happened.
In fact, citing the current rising murder rate, Bhagan,
who said she had been living in the area for more than
40 years, said what happened was a good thing.
"Is good! We have to defend ourselves because they
try to break in by me at Christmas time. If they had
gotten to me I would not be here today. This supposed
to be a quiet area," the retiree said.
"It s terrible I telling you," Bhagan added, referring
to the numerous reports of burglaries in the area.
"The crime situation is terrible and sickening. If it
wasn t so cold away I would have gone (abroad),"
Officers of the St James Police Station are continuing
investigations. ---JENSEN LAVENDE
Probe into 'soldiers' posing with caimans
Justice of the Peace Don
The Regiment has launched an inves-
tigation into the origin of a photograph
which has circulated on several social
media sites with a group of men dressed
in camouflage uniforms posing with
two dead caimans.
The investigation, according to release
from the Defence Force last night, would
look into when the photograph was taken
and whether the individuals were sol-
diers, if there was any violation of the
two-year hunting ban.
"The Regiment assures the national
community that if it is determined that
any civil or military laws were violated,
disciplinary proceedings will be initiated
immediately upon the completion of the
investigation," the release signed by Mjr
Al Alexander, the Civil Affairs Officer of
the Defence Force.
Such "imagery contradicts the values,
ethos, and practices of the Unit. The
Regiment therefore thanks Papa Bois
Conservation for highlighting this matter
and encourages members of the public
who have examples of any violations by
members of the Regiment to notify the
Public Relations Officer of the Trinidad
and Tobago Regiment at 627-2782.
"The Regiment once again reassures
the public that our soldiers are committed
to defending and upholding the laws and
Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad
and Tobago, including the protection
and conservation of all endangered
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