Cops wrap up probe in clerk’s murder

Homi­cide de­tec­tives have wrapped up their in­ves­ti­ga­tions in­to the 2018 mur­der of Par­lia­ment clerk Mar­i­an­na Moon­is­ar.

On Thurs­day, se­nior of­fi­cers of the Homi­cide Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tions, Re­gion Three, passed on their file to their le­gal of­fi­cer.

It was ex­pect­ed to be sub­mit­ted to the Of­fice of the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions for in­struc­tions on whether or not to charge the 24-year-old Clax­ton Bay labour­er who was ac­cused of the crime.

The sus­pect was held by Cen­tral Di­vi­sion po­lice on Fri­day and hand­ed over to homi­cide of­fi­cers over the week­end.

On the morn­ing of Au­gust 3, Moon­is­ar was on her way to work in Port-of-Spain. Her fa­ther, Roopc­hand “Chip­py” Moon­is­ar, a labour­er at the Cou­va/Tabaquite/Tal­paro Re­gion­al Cor­po­ra­tion was tak­ing her to catch a bus.

While dri­ving through Es­per­an­za, they heard gun­shots but did not know it was meant for them.

They were re­turn­ing home around 5.15 pm and as they passed through the same area, gun­men again opened fire on the car.

This time, Moon­is­ar, 28, was shot in her head while Roopc­hand was struck on the cheek. Blood­ied and in tears, Roopc­hand flagged down a vil­lager and begged for help. Moon­is­ar was placed in the back of a sta­tion wag­on.

“He was ly­ing down, hug­ging up his daugh­ter,” said the vil­lager, who re­called that on the way to the Cou­va Dis­trict Health Fa­cil­i­ty, Roopc­hand was cry­ing and kept beg­ging, “Mari, don’t leave me.”

They were even­tu­al­ly trans­ferred to the San Fer­nan­do Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal where Moon­is­ar died while re­ceiv­ing emer­gency treat­ment.

Roopc­hand un­der­went surgery for his in­jury. Back then, in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieved that the gun­men were con­tract­ed to kill Moon­is­ar.

Moon­is­ar was said to have end­ed a three-year re­la­tion­ship with a po­lice of­fi­cer and had re­ject­ed his ad­vances. Al­though there were talks that he was hid­ing from the po­lice, in­ves­ti­ga­tors said, back then, that he was not a sus­pect.

Reporter: Kevon Felmine

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