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The killing of two people, a man and his com-
mon-law wife, in Valencia yesterday brought the
murder toll for one day in the east to five.
Earlier in the morning Barry Karimath was found
dead with his two toddlers in a Matura pumpkin
field. They were poisoned and police suspect it is
a case of murder/suicide.
Around 11 am, residents of Valencia Old Road,
Valencia, heard gunshots near an abandoned veg-
etable stall in the area and saw a blue car with three
male occupants speeding away.
The victims, Tristan Proudfoot, of Mark Trace,
Valencia, and Nerissa Phillip, 21, were found dead
in the shed.
Phillip of south had been living with Proudfoot.
She had gunshot wounds to her head and right
hand and Proudfoot, his head and chest.
Police believe the murders stemmed from an
altercation Proudfoot had with a man.
Investigations are continuing.
The murder toll for the year now stands at 128.
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Tragedy rocks Matura
for 11th APRIL, 2014
DEREK ACHONG and YVONNE BABOOLAL
The gruesome discovery of the dead
bodies of a man and his two toddlers at
the side of a trace in Matura at 6 am yes-
terday morning rocked the quiet east coast
According to police reports, a pumpkin
farmer found the bodies near his garden in
Mora Trace, off the village s main road.
A bottle of herbicide believed to be
Gramoxone was on the ground near them
and police suspect it may have been a case
of murder/suicide, in which Barry Karimath,
34, poisoned his two-year old daughter
Keyanna Mayers and 10-month old son
Karimath, police said, lives in the South
and the children lived with their mother,
24-year-old Okilia Mayers, in Barataria.
Karimath had custody of the children on
Saturday. He owned a Black Mazda 323 but
the vehicle was nowhere in sight. How he
ended up in Matura is yet to be known.
The farmer said around 9.30 pm Saturday
night, he went to his "joupa" (hut) in his
garden to spend the night and saw Karimath
standing near the trace with Keyanna and
Curious, he asked what he was doing
there and Karimath replied he had paid a
woman $6,000 for a bush bath and he was
waiting for her.
The farmer said he retired for the night
and when he rose at six the next morning,
he saw the dead bodies of the man and two
children and called the police.
The police found Karimath s cellphone
and called the children s mother who said
she had tried calling him after midnight but
he had not answered.
She said she had texted him and he sent
back a message saying he was going to kill
himself and the children.
According to police reports, Okilia said
she did not know where Karimath was and
planned to call the police in the morning.
Councillor for the Matura area Terry Ron-
don said the whole village, including chil-
dren, trekked to the area to see the bodies
of Karimath, Keyana and Omari yesterday
He said he cannot remember a murder
like this involving children occurring in the
area and said the young people are trau-
"I am arranging some counselling sessions
for them. There is too much anger in this
country." Rondon appealed to men to "take
Head of the Child Protection Task Force
Diana Mahabir-Wyatt was at a loss for words
when the Guardian called her for a comment
on the tragedy.
"What a tragedy. What a waste of life.
It s children two years old and ten months.
Your heart bleeds for them."
Mahabir said the Task Force had been
discussing whether a father should be given
custody of children when parents are sep-
"Very rarely do you hear a child being
killed or abused when the mother has cus-
tody. It s usually when the father has them.
"I don t know how we can prevent the
father from taking them? It is the court that
orders custody. You can t ask the court to
be more careful.
"If, over and over again, nothing happened
to the children when the father had them,
how can you tell that one day he would
snap? All over the world there are people
who are becoming mentally unstable."
Mahabir-Wyatt recalled the case of the
14-year-old Brandon Hargreaves who
reportedly died from a fall while play-fighting
with another boy at St Michael s School for
Boys in Diego Martin last Tuesday night.
His mother who lives abroad wants the
school to be investigated.
"This is the same mother who locked
him a dog kennel naked," Mahabir-Wyatt
noted. (See page A5)
Dad kills 2 toddlers, drinks poison
Altar servers wave
their palm branches
Brazil RC Church,
along the Talparo
Road to the San
Rafael RC Church.
gathered from as
early as 6 am for
the six-mile trek
which has become a
the two parishes.
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