Trinidad – Mum smothered to death
CHAGUANAS –– A 42-year-old Chaguanas mother died this morning after thieves stormed her home and beat and tied her and her teenaged son.
Rautie Esther Gopaul, of McPhill Street, Caroni Savannah Road, was found unresponsive after the robbers left the home.
Pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov who performed the autopsy today at the Forensic Sciences Centre, Federation Park, found that Gopaul suffered homicidal asphyxia.
Alexandrov said: “She was face down on the mattress with her mouth taped with duct tape, and that would close off the air passages. It is definitely a homicide. She did not have any other injuries.”
According to police, at around 1:30 a.m. Aaron Gopaul, 19, was watching television in his bedroom when two armed men entered the room.
The teenager told police the men, one with a cutlass and the other with a firearm, held him down and demanded money and jewellery.
The thieves shoved him into his mother’s bedroom, where she was asleep, and a third thief entered the room.
The assailants tied up mother and son with tie straps and duct tape and dealt Aaron several blows about his body.
The thieves then ransacked the house taking an undisclosed amount of cash and jewellery.
They then escaped with the loot.
The teenager freed himself and alerted neighbours, who called the police.
After the incident, Wendy Gopaul was found lying motionless on the bedroom floor.
The Emergency Medical Services was contacted and she could not be revived.
District Medical Officer Dr Babu Reddy viewed the body and ordered it removed to the Forensic Sciences Centre, Federation Park, for a post-mortem today.
Visiting the scene were Senior Superintendent Johnny Abraham, Sargeant Jitindra Toolaram and others of the Central Division Task Force Unit, and Homicide detectives.