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Woman beaten, strangled to death in Chaguanas

Friday, January 9, 2015
Chaguanas Mayor Gopaul Boodhan, left, and Senior Sup. Johnny Abraham at the Mc Phil Street, Chaguanas murder scene where Rautie Ester Gopaul was found dead Friday morning. PHOTO: ADRIAN BOODAN

Relatives of a 42-year-old woman from Central were shocked to discover her lifeless body facebown on a bed at her home early Friday morning. 

According to reports, Rautie Esther Gopaul (also known as Wendy) was at her Mc Phil Street, Chaguanas home with her 19-year-old son when three men broke in, tied them up, then started battering the woman and and demanding money.

One relative said Gopaul was strangled. Before they left the compound, the attackers loosed the tie-straps used to bind Aaron during the ordeal, the relative said.

Family members said there was no reason to kill Gopaul since she was not wealthy. She worked as a freelance sales person on contract with SM Jaleel, they said, but added that she juggled jobs to support her son.

Gopaul and her husband broke up last year, a relative said.

Neighbours described Gopaul as a reserved person who kept to her own business and were baffled as to the motives behind the killing.

Police held four persons of interest, said Senior Superintendent Johnny Abraham, head of the Central Division, who also visited the scene around 9 am Friday. He said no alarm was raised at the time when the killers entered Gopaul's house.  

"When a homicide like this takes place behind closed doors, even though the police vehicle may be passing here at the time the homicide was taking place, there was nothing to raise an alarm to say something was taking place because it was in enclosed premises."

Abraham said the investigation was at a sensitive stage.

It is the first murder to take place in Chaguanas in 2015. Mayor Gopaul Boodhan visited the scene on Friday morning. He said he knew the victim's relatives of the murder victim and called on citizens to report to the police any unusual behavior that they believe may have some level of criminal intent.


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