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She was to have been a state
witness in a case against a sus-
pended police officer, but days
before she was to give evidence
25-year-old Stacy Roopan was
shot and killed close to her Isa-
iah Street, Balmain, Couva
home. The pre-school which
her son Christiano attends was
also mere metres away from
where she was attacked.
was also well aware of what had
happened to his mother, telling
Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne,
"Meh mother dead." He pointed
to the spot where the crime took
place, saying: "Right there near
Another child left to grow up
without a mother. But why? And
if Stacy Roopan was a state wit-
ness, why was she not offered
protection under the Witness
Protection Programme? She
became the second state witness
in less than a month to be mur-
Manager of the Victim and
Witness Support Unit Margaret
Sampson-Browne says: "The
public should not lose hope in
She says the unit did offer
protection for state witnesses
but sometimes witnesses opted
to leave. She told Crime Watch:
"A sensitisation drive has begun
in the Police Service where police
officers are being trained to han-
dle specific cases dealing with
women in witness protection."
Roopan s father, Anil, claimed
her car was broken into in
December and some of her per-
sonal items were stolen. He said
a note with a death threat was
left in the car. So why didn t she
make a report to the police?
Acting Senior Supt in charge
of crime in the Central Division,
Johnny Abraham, confirmed no
report was made about any
Abraham told us that after
Roopan s death, when her father
was going through her things,
he found a note which he took
to the police. The note read: "I
am sorry for what I do. But I
was drunk at the time."
And while Abraham and his
team investigate the murder,
Crime Watch host Alleyne is
also investigating. So far, he says
his investigation has led him to
believe that there is more to
Roopan s story.
Roopan s husband Peter, who
was released from prison in
December after serving four
months on a robbery charge,
told Alleyne Roopan was a good
wife and mother.
He gave Alleyne a walk
through their home, showing
him evidence of the care she
gave to her family. He admitted
that Roopan was frustrated being
at home because "girls need to
But he said she ensured that
their son Christiano had sand-
wiches to eat at school and a
hot meal when he came home.
The day she was killed, she
cooked shrimp and potato. The
pot with some of the meal was
still covered on the stove when
Alleyne visited the scene on
Peter has no idea why some-
one would want to kill his wife.
"They shot her seven times,"
he said, leaving her son moth-
An autopsy confirmed Stacy
Roopan was shot seven times,
including once in the head.
Whoever committed the crime,
he said, definitely wanted her
All Peter wants is answers and
his wife s killer brought to jus-
tice. Alleyne has vowed to "go
after the killer" because, he says,
whatever her story was, Stacy
did not deserve to die the way
Alleyne says he is "on the
verge of making a breakthrough"
and has information.
"It s like, wow! People are
Police are yet to make any
arrests in the murder.
Victim unit starts training drive
hugged by his
of his mother,
inset, at a
Crime Watch successes this past week:
Ian Alleyne got back $11,000 from Joseph Williams after
Aubrietia Rudder appeared on Crime Watch.
Williams, from Cemetery Street, Preysal, Couva, had taken
the money as downpayment for a car in December last year,
but Rudder complained she was getting the runaround and
no car until she appeared on Crime Watch.
One suspect was also arrested after Alleyne aired a video
on Crime Watch of bandits robbing a business place at
Tiwari Circular, Arena, Freeport.
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