Mom, daughter terrorised before being killed /  

Weeks be­fore they were shot dead, Sav­it­ri Sook­lal, 60 and Ar­i­an­na Sandeepa Bal­go­b­in, 21 were al­leged­ly beat­en at their Clax­ton Bay home by a rel­a­tive.

A source told Guardian Me­dia that the two women had be­come em­broiled in a fam­i­ly dis­pute in­volv­ing mon­ey and were de­fence­less af­ter Sook­lal’s hus­band Ramdeo died last Ju­ly hav­ing suf­fered a heart at­tack.

It is al­leged that the man who beat Sook­lal and her daugh­ter was lat­er killed af­ter one of their rel­a­tives called a hit on his life.

Po­lice say they are now pur­su­ing in­for­ma­tion that the dou­ble mur­der was com­mit­ted as re­venge for that man’s death. Be­fore the dou­ble mur­der, Sook­lal and her daugh­ter had been liv­ing in a con­crete house with­out elec­tric­i­ty.

The source said Ramdeo owned a con­tract­ing com­pa­ny but since COVID-19 hit, many of his jobs dried up. He of­ten did char­i­ta­ble jobs and was very ac­tive in his com­mu­ni­ty. In Ju­ly he suf­fered a mas­sive heart at­tack and died, leav­ing his wid­ow and their two chil­dren.

Weeks af­ter his death, oth­er rel­a­tives moved in­to the fam­i­ly prop­er­ty and start­ed tak­ing ad­van­tage of Sook­lal. An el­der­ly woman who lives on the prop­er­ty was beat­en as well, the source added. 

A male rel­a­tive lat­er went in­to hid­ing af­ter death threats were made.

Sav­it­ri Sook­lal, 60 and Ar­i­an­na Sandeepa Bal­go­b­in, of Soledad Road, Clax­ton Bay, were at home when they were both shot in their heads.

Po­lice said Bal­go­b­in was found on a couch in the liv­ing room while her moth­er was found near the wash room.

Be­fore the shoot­ing, a rel­a­tive said he heard some­one de­mand­ing mon­ey.  

Po­lice are call­ing on fam­i­ly mem­bers and neigh­bours to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on the dou­ble mur­der.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can call CrimeStop­pers at 800-TIPS. 

LINK ORIGINAL: The Trinidad Guardian

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