A community is Penal is plunged into mourning following a murder/suicide.
Reports say that at around 6 a.m. on Monday, 57 year old Purnanand Bhim went to attend to his cattle when he discovered the body of his son-in-law, 25 year old Premanth Ramkhelawan of Laltoo Trace, Penal, hanging from a shed at the back of his house.
However, as Bhim was on his way to alert his wife, he was told by a neighbour that his 26-year-old daughter, Aarika Bhim’s car was parked on a side trace not far from their home. When he rushed to the car he found his daughter lying dead in the back seat and her child, 3 year old Aarti Ramkhalawan lying on her chest. Aarika was bleeding from several wounds about the body, including her throat. Aarti was was on top of her, bleeding from wounds to her throat and body.
Baby Aarti was rushed to the Siparia District Health Facility where she was then transfered to the San Fernando General Hospital, and is now listed in stable condition.
Family said the three were on their way back from a wedding in Princes Town