Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 14th 2014 Contents BOBIE-LEE DIXON
Twenty-four-year old Okilia May-
ers held her stomach and wailed in
grief as she watched the bodies of
her two children being removed by
undertakers from behind a tree, near
a pumpkin garden at Mora Trace in
the quite village of Matura, yesterday
"Oh God, why he do this? I want
my children," she screamed as rela-
tives tried to console her.
The bodies of the children and of
their father laid at the scene on blan-
kets for more than six hours before
they were taken away.
33-year-old Barry Karimath of
Cipriani Avenue Morvant, allegedly
drove the children to the location on
Saturday night where he reportedly
gave them a poisonous substance to
drink, before ingesting it himself.
The murder-suicide took to five
the number of similar killings for
2014, this being the first involving
children. (See timeline below.)
According to District Medical Offi-
cer (DMO), Verintan Okolo, who
spoke with the T&T Guardian at the
scene, ten-month-old Omari and his
two-year-old sister Keyanna Mayers,
drank a herbicide, as they displayed
the classic symptoms of herbicide
poisoning. Bottles of herbicide were
also found at the scene, he said.
"On examination of the bodies, it
was obvious it was a case of suicide.
The man himself, who also had
something tied around his neck, was
frothing from the mouth. And when
I examined the children it was also
consistent with poisoning because
the girl had epistaxis, which is bleed-
ing from the nose and frothing from
the mouth," explained Okolo.
He said the children s bodies bore
no marks of violence.
The grieving mother told the T&T
Guardian that Karimath was posses-
sive, obsessed with her and she was
often subjected to physical abuse dur-
ing their three-year relationship.
Mayers, who lives in Barataria, said
was expected to pick up her children
sometime this week from their
father s home, where she dropped
them off on Friday night before going
"I know I should not have left my
children you know. Oh God, but I
had nobody else to keep them and
She explained it was not the first
time he made threats to her, but it
was the first time he threatened to
hurt the children.
"He always threatened me and I
would just not take him on some-
times, but I was always very afraid
he might do something really bad
some day to me, but not the children,"
"The whole point in this, is that
he wanted to be with me still and I
did not want to be with him anymore
because he was real possessive. He
would bully me and beat me. He used
to monitor all my movements and
always watching who I talk to,"
She said she could not even go to
visit her six-year-old daughter from
a previous relationship because Kari-
math would think she was going to
reunite with the child s father whom
she lived with.
"I used to have to hide and go and
see her behind his back," she said.
Mayers said Karimath would find
her anywhere she went.
"Before he moved to Morvant he
was living in Woodbrook and he left
Woodbrook and moved up in
Barataria just to monitor my move-
ments," she added.
When asked to describe her chil-
dren, she said they were so loving
and calm...always quiet.
She recalled her last conversation
with her children was when she
dropped them off at Karimath s home
"I remember Keyanna asked me
where I was going and I told her I
was going to work and she smiled.
Then I kissed her and Omari and told
them I would see them after work.
That never happened," she said shak-
ing her head.
Mayers said, if she had only got
out of the relationship earlier, her
children might still be alive, but she
was so afraid of him, that if she left
completely, he would try to kill her.
"But look any which way I chose,
I would have lost. It was either me
or them. But it should not have been
them," she cried.
Monday, April 14, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Home can be a dangerous place
for a woman, and even children,
says Jean-Luc Lemahieu, Director
for Policy Analysis and Public
Affairs at the United Nations Office
on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
He made the comment at the
recent launch in London of the
UNODC s 2013 Global Study on
Lemahieu said, globally, men
comprised 80 per cent of homicide
victims and 95 per cent of perpe-
He said almost 15 per cent of all
homicides (63,600) stemmed from
domestic violence and more than
two thirds of the victims (43,600)
"Home can be the most danger-
ous place for a woman. It is par-
ticularly heart-breaking when those
who should be protecting their loved
ones are the very people responsible
for their murder."
The UNODC also reported that
half of all homicide victims were
under 30 years of age. Children
under the age of 15 accounted for
just over 8 per cent (36,000) of all
While men are mostly killed by
someone they may not know,
almost half of all female victims are
killed by those closest to them, such
as their intimate partners/family
members, in domestic violence sit-
The highest murder rates were
recorded in the Americas and Africa
and the lowest in Europe, Asia and
The consumption of alcohol
and/or illicit drugs increased the
risk of perpetrating homicide and,
in some countries, over half of
homicide offenders acted under its
influence, the report said.
The use of cocaine and amphet-
amine-type stimulants have also
been associated with violent behav-
iour and homicide.
Firearms were found to be the
most widely used murder weapons,
causing 4 in 10 homicides globally.
A quarter of victims were killed
with blades and sharp objects and
just over a third died through other
means like strangulation and poi-
"Too many lives are being trag-
ically cut short, too many families
and communities left shattered.
"There is an urgent need to
understand how violent crime is
plaguing countries around the
world, particularly affecting young
men but also taking a heavy toll on
women," Lemahieu said.
Home can be the most dangerous place---UN study
Undertakers remove the body of 10-month-old Omari Mayers who was found dead along with his two-year-old
sister Keyanna Mayers and father Barry Karimath in bushes off Mora Trace, Matura yesterday.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
There have been five murder/sui-
cides in the first four months of the
year, four of them involving men
killing women in crimes of passion.
January 4---Shastri Roopnarine,
24, and his girlfriend Amanda Per-
sad, 22, are found dead in their
Ramcharan Drive, San Juan apart-
ment. Police believe it was a mur-
der/suicide but have not found a
The incident reportedly occurred
around 12.30 am when residents
said they heard something like fire-
At 3 pm, when they did not see
the couple, they called the police.
Persad was shot several times
while Roopnarine had a single gun-
shot to his head. A gun lay next to
Roopnarine was arrested as a
robbery suspect and later released
due to a lack of evidence.
January 9---Sanjeev Rambaran
and his ex-wife Dian Paladee, 49, are
found dead in his Bedassie Street,
St Augustine home in what was be-
lieved to be another murder/suicide.
Paladee, a teacher at the El Do-
rado South Hindu School, was an
heiress to the Pennywise chain of
She was divorced from her hus-
band but had been secretly visiting
him. She was found on his bed with
one shot to her head.
Rambaran lay a few feet away
with a gunshot wound. Police found
a rolling pin between the two bodies
and said Paladee appeared to have
March 4---One day after al-
legedly murdering his common-law
wife Marilyn Murggan, Cepep
worker Harold Ali, 55, dies after
drinking poison on Carnival Tuesday
Murggan was found in her Cara-
pichaima bathroom in a semi-con-
scious state with marks on her
neck. She died on arrival at the
Couva District Health Facility
Two hours later, Ali was found by
passersby on a Gasparillo roadside
two hours after strangling Murggan.
He died the following day at hospi-
tal from poisoning.
Ali and Murggan were reportedly
involved in an argument over money
March 31---Pastor Vishnu "Kitty"
Lutchmansingh, 54, kills his brother,
Kishan Lutchmansingh, injured his
nephew, attempts to kill two other
nephews and then reportedly com-
This murder/suicide theory is
being carefully investigated, how-
ever. The body believed to be his
was found inside his house which
relatives said he set afire after he
killed his brother.
The autopsy found this person
was shot from behind, inconsistent
with suicide and sent the remains of
the body for DNA testing.
The cause of the killing remains
unclear. Relatives have denied it had
to do with a land dispute but admit-
ted the two brothers had differ-
April 13---Barry Karamath kills
his two children in remote Matura.
Police yesterday said their mother
was in shock and was not saying
FIVE MURDER/SUICIDES IN FOUR MONTHS
Killer dad was 'abusive'
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