Trinidad: Gang rape victim and her father killed

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Trinidad: Gang rape victim and her father killed
The El Socorro home of murder victims Elliot Veerasammy and his daughter Sarah.

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — At first the dou­ble mur­der of a fa­ther and daugh­ter was linked to an on­go­ing land dis­pute but po­lice are now in­ves­ti­gat­ing a the­o­ry that the woman, a vic­tim of a gang rape, was the main tar­get to be si­lenced.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors from the Homi­cide Bu­reau said they had in­for­ma­tion that the or­der to kill came from prison.

The fam­i­ly of the vic­tims would on­ly say: “There is an­oth­er an­gle to this…they on­ly say­ing land dis­pute but there’s some­thing else and the po­lice knows.”

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice sources, Sarah’s at­tack­ers were sub­se­quent­ly ar­rest­ed and charged with sev­er­al of­fences.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions said yes­ter­day the mat­ter had “reached a sen­si­tive stage.”

Po­lice said around 10 pm on Wednes­day, a gun­man leaped over the wall of the fam­i­ly’s home at Williams Street, El So­cor­ro and killed El­liot Veerasam­my, 62, and his 32-year-old daugh­ter, Sarah.
Ac­cord­ing to a fam­i­ly friend, Sarah, who had a men­tal dis­abil­i­ty, was de­scribed as “slow” and had been gang raped about a decade ago.

The friend de­scribed Sarah as a “lov­ing, kind and car­ing per­son.”

Her moth­er died of can­cer about 11 years ago and her un­cle, Rod­ney, had been sen­tenced to serve four years in jail in 2008 af­ter breach­ing a re­strain­ing or­der and as­sault­ed her fa­ther.

The ri­val­ry be­tween the broth­ers stemmed from a dis­pute over the prop­er­ties in San Juan left by their par­ents.

Veerasam­my was an A-class welder and a wire ben­der and did work for sev­er­al Car­ni­val band­lead­ers and oth­ers in the art­form.

An au­top­sy re­port re­vealed that Sarah was shot once to the head while her fa­ther was shot mul­ti­ple times al­so to the head and up­per body. The au­top­sies were con­duct­ed at the Foren­sic Sci­ence Cen­tre in St James.

Both fa­ther and daugh­ter were at their home at Williams Street when a gun­man stormed in­to the house fir­ing at least 20 gun­shots.

Their bod­ies were found in the liv­ing room of the house just be­hind the main front door to en­ter.

Speak­ing with the Guardian Me­dia on Thurs­day, a neigh­bour said he heard the vol­ley of gun­shots and when he looked around he saw the gun­man jump­ing over Veerasam­my’s front gate and es­cap­ing in a wait­ing sil­ver car.

The neigh­bour de­scribed Veerasam­my as a “qui­et man.”

“He would nev­er in­ter­fere with any­one, al­ways qui­et and hum­ble.”

Ini­tial­ly, po­lice of­fi­cers be­lieved that the in­ci­dent was linked to a do­mes­tic dis­pute over land be­tween Ve­rasam­my and a close male rel­a­tive.
How­ev­er, new ev­i­dence sug­gests a sec­ond the­o­ry which in­ves­ti­ga­tors are ac­tive­ly pur­su­ing.

In Jan­u­ary, Veerasam­my’s broth­er Rod­ney was sen­tenced to four years in prison for as­sault­ing El­liot in 2008 by Jus­tice Hay­den St Clair-Dou­glas.

Ac­cord­ing to the facts of the case, Rod­ney had breached a re­strain­ing or­der and barged in­to Veerasam­my’s house and as­sault­ed him.

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