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Seventy-three-year-old Sybil Ram-
lochan says despite suffering decades
of abuse at the hands of her 55-year-
old son, she is saddened by his death
and the consequences that await the
relative who took his life.
Deodath "Boysie" Ramlochan, of
Chaguanas, was stabbed to death by a
male relative on Sunday afternoon after
an argument over a cigarette while he
was visiting his mother's home at
Solomon Street, Princes Town. The
relative was arrested and taken to the
Princes Town Police Station.
When the T&T Guardian visited
Ramlochan's home yesterday morning,
she insisted the stabbing was self-
"I don't know what the argument
was about but Boysie' grabbed the
knife first. Every time he come here he
always getting in trouble," said his
mother. "He used to beat me and
threaten to burn down my house."
The mother of six said the male rel-
ative was the one who took care of her
whenever "Boysie" would go in a rage.
nightie and hide by neighbours," she
said. "He (the relative) would try to get
him to stop but he never listen."
She said before Sunday, she last saw
"Boysie" over three months ago when
he broke her bedroom window and told
her he would kill her.
"He couldn't live here because every
time he drink alcohol he does start to
fight," said Ramlochan. "He just come
and bring a chicken, I cooked it for
them, then they started to drink."
She said after cooking her feet were
hurting so she went to lie down.
The next time she saw "Boysie", he
was covered in his own blood, with his
sobbing relative holding onto his body
and begging him to come back to life.
"He never wanted to stab Boysie'.
When they was arguing, Boysie' rush
him to fight and when he take away
the knife from Boysie', like he stabbed
him by accident."
With tears in her eyes, she said all
she wanted was to visit her relative at
the police station.
Head of the Public Service
Reynold Cooper says he does
not believe that the Sport Min-
istry s Permanent Secretary
Ashwin Creed was "fleeing for
his life" when he sought emer-
gency leave last month.
Cooper said Creed later told
him it was for family business.
People's National Movement
leader Dr Keith Rowley, general
secretary Ashton Ford and other
PNMites have claimed Creed
recently fled the country for fear
of his life after receiving death
threats. The PNM has also made
claims about the ministry's Life
Creed has consistently refused
to answer calls on the issue but
yesterday Life Sport officials
spoke about the project, includ-
ing recent claims of "gang infil-
Speaking to the T&T
Guardian, Cooper, who is based
at the Prime Minister's Office,
said Creed sought emergency
leave from April 14 to 22.
Cooper said Creed spoke to
him on the phone and he did
not get the impression Creed
was "fleeing for his life," though
Creed gave no reason for seeking
the emergency leave and proto-
col did not allow him to pry into
He said the procedure was for
a PS to liaise with his line min-
ister first and Creed said he had
indeed spoken to his minister,
Anil Roberts, about the leave.
Cooper said on his return
Creed had told him his leave was
due to "family business" and he
had a daughter studying abroad.
After Creed returned he later
went to China from April 28 to
30 on official business to sign a
memorandum of agreement on
coaching and other assistance
T&T was sourcing from China
and took ordinary vacation leave
from May 15 to 23, Cooper
On the audit of the Life Sport
programme which the Prime
Minister announced last Satur-
day, Cooper said that was com-
pletely in the Finance Ministry's
He said a PS was the min-
istry's accounting officer and
any audit or probe of a PS's work
could be done by Finance or the
Auditor General, whose report
was tabled in Parliament.
He said those bodies would
copy to him any probe notifi-
cation but there was no role for
him in such an exercise, unless
the Prime Minister asked him
Cooper also pointed out that
according to Section 85(1) of the
Constitution, the minister exer-
cised control over the ministry,
subject to such conditions and
control as were under the PS's
He said while people may
make suggestions, projects must
get ministerial approval and in
some cases Cabinet approval.
Life Sport ---Anil's brainchild
Recent reports have said the
Life Sport programme was an
initiative of Creed but a 2012
report on the launch of the pro-
gramme described it as the
"brainchild" of Sport Minister
Roberts, launching the pro-
gramme on June 20, 2012, said
he first developed the concept
in 2007 while he campaigned
for the Congress of the People
in the Sea Lots area.
Roberts at that time also said
he had been inspired by the suc-
cess of the sporting programmes
According to the ministry's
description then, Life Sport's
classes, at 33 centres nationwide,
aim, via sports and skills train-
ing, to transform the lives of
young men ages 18-25 who live
"at risk" of gang and other vio-
lence and criminal activity.
At a November 2013 function,
climaxing the first year of Life
Sport, Creed thanked the Min-
istries of Finance and Commu-
nity Development for co-oper-
ation in providing the funding
and accommodation (through
community centres) for Life
Sport during the first year of
A career public servant, Creed
earned an executive masters
degree in sport organisations
management from the Faculty
of Science and Sport, University
of Poitiers, France. The T&T
Olympic Committee nominated
him for a scholarship.
After son stabbed to death...
An autopsy yesterday at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, showed
Ramlochan died of a single stab wound to the neck which severed a major
artery. Pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov, who did the autopsy, said the wound
was inflicted by a "regular kitchen knife" and the blade went into his left lung.
The knife has not yet been found.
DEAD FROM SINGLE STAB WOUND
Sybil Ramlochan, 73, recalls her last
moment with her son Deodath
Ramlochan, 55, who was murdered by
a relative on Sunday evening.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Creed did not flee in fear
Permanent Secretary in the
Ministry of Sport Ashwin Creed. Reynold Cooper
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