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Less than two months after
an intruder broke into Stacy
Roopan s car and left her a death
threat, the Couva mother of one
was gunned down yesterday
outside her son s pre-school.
A relative said yesterday last
December someone broke into
Roopan s car, stole her personal
documents and left a hand-writ-
ten note on her car seat, warning
that if she were to testify in an
ongoing court matter she would
According to Supt Johnny
Abraham, who responded to the
murder, Roopan, a 25-year-old
nursing student at the College of
Science, Technology and Applied
Arts of T&T (Costaatt), San Fer-
nando, was walking along Isaiah
Street around 1.30 pm on her
way to pick up her three-year-
old son, Christiano Harickdeo,
at his pre-school on Rowano
As she reached in front the
school, a white car pulled up in
front of her and a gunman shot
her six times. The car then sped
off. Roopan, who was hit in the
head and upper body, died on
the spot. Crime scene detectives
recovered several rounds of 9 mm
shell casings at the scene.
When her father, Lutchman
Roopan, heard gunshots near
their De Montebruin Street, Bal-
main, home yesterday, his intu-
ition told him it was his daughter
who had been killed.
Speaking near the spot where
his daughter met her fate
moments later, Lutchman said
he was at home with Roopan s
boyfriend, Peter Harickdeo, when
he heard the gunshots.
"We only heard the shots. I
know about gunshots and I told
him go and check. My gut feeling
was that somebody shot my
Roopan s mother, Sally, did not
get a chance to see her daughter s
body as when she reached the
top of Isaiah Street, undertakers
were removing it. However, on
seeing that she fainted in her son
Prem Roopan s arms. Relatives
had to take her to the Couva
Health Centre for medical atten-
tion, as they said she suffered
Prem told the T&T Guardian
his sister s murder may be linked
to a wrongful arrest case involving
Stacy three years ago, when she
was charged with larceny of a
"She got a wrongful arrest and
she won the case. It happened
about three years ago and late
last year it finished."
He added: "She was charged
for a stolen vehicle because she
stood next to a vehicle talking on
the phone and they thought she
was with the people who stole
the vehicle. That was in Port-of-
Spain at a Carnival party."
However, other family mem-
bers also suspect a relative of
Roopan might have been involved
in her murder.
Asked if his sister was fearful
for her life, Prem said: "No, she
was normal. She was not worried
about any threats or else she
would not be walking on the
streets to pick up her child. She
would have taken her vehicle and
As relatives stood at the road-
side admiring Roopan s photos
yesterday, they were hopeful of
getting justice despite lamenting
the low crime-detection rate.
Prem said although she was
pursing an undergraduate degree
in nursing, his sister planned to
open a pre-school later this year.
"Right now the pain I am in,
nobody knows. You would have
going through. She was a loving
person. I mean she had her little
bad ways but nobody is perfect.
She did not deserve this," he
Her cousin, Lauren
Mohammed, was confident of
getting justice, however, saying:
"Jesus Christ will give us justice,
not this government, not police."
The murder toll for the year
stood at 52 up to last evening.
The toll last year at the same time
stood at 41.
Death threat left
in car last year
Family links mom's killing to court case
How did my child die? Who is responsible? These
are questions Christopher Bethel, father of two-
year-old Jaylon Isaac, want answered after his son
died on Saturday after choking on a snack.
According to police reports, the child was at his
Dale Trace, Longdenville, Chaguanas, home on January
24 when he began to choke on a jello snack just after
He was rushed to the Chaguanas Health Facility
and immediately transferred to the Eric Williams Med-
ical Complex, Mt Hope. He was hospitalised there for
just over a week before he died on February 1.
Speaking with members of the media at the Forensic
Science Centre, St James, yesterday, Bethel said he
last saw his son on January 2 due to an ongoing custody
dispute with the child s mother, Oneka Isaac.
"He was a fun child, people used to want to take
him. Women would come up to me and ask me for
him. He was a bundle of joy and something to live
for, it sad that I can t see the potential of what he
would be in life," Bethel said.
In a telephone interview with the T&T Guardian
yesterday, the child s mother said she was at work
when she got a phone call from the babysitter, saying
the child was choking on something.
Issac said the child was eventually taken to the
Chaguanas Health Centre then transferred to the Eric
Williams Medical Complex.
The 22-year-old KFC cashier said Jaylon was accus-
tomed to eating the snack.
The autopsy report revealed the child died as a
result of acute cerebral anoxia, which is caused by
lack of oxygen to the brain. The cerebral anoxia caused
the child to suffer a diffuse axonal injury, which meant
the neurons in his brain died.
According to a medical dictionary, cerebral anoxia
is a condition in which oxygen is deficient in brain
tissue. This state, which is caused by circulatory failure,
can exist for no more than four to six minutes before
the onset of irreversible brain damage.
Police say investigations are continuing.
Child, 2, dies after
choking on snack
Relatives and friends of Sally Roopan gather outside her family's home yesterday to offer support to her
grieving mother, who fainted after learning of her murder. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
choked on a jelly
snack like the one
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