Yvonne Arjoon

Woman in finance-driven suicide pact, dies at hospital

The Couva woman who tried to end her life a week ago, when she and her husband drank poison, has died. Yvonne Arjoon died at the San Fernando General Hospital around 10 pm on Saturday, police said.

Arjoon and her husband Ralph Buchoon, both 42-year-old fruit vendors, were under financial stress and felt that ending their lives was their only escape. The couple drank paraquat at their Perseverance Village home last Sunday. 

Woman in finance-driven suicide attempt worsens

The medical condition of Yvonne Arjoon, the woman who survived a suicide pact with her husband on Sunday, is slowly worsening at the San Fernando General Hospital.

Arjoon and her husband, Ralph Buchoon, both 42, took a decision to end their lives on Sunday by ingesting a poisonous weedicide, Paraquat, as they were unable to repay thousands of dollars in debt.

They sold fruits for a living but were unable to pay their suppliers. 

Buchoon died after being taken to the Couva Health Facility, but Arjoon was kept alive by first responders.

Financial hardship leads couple to suicide

A 41-year-old man has died after ingesting a poisonous liquid and his wife who did the same is in a critical condition at hospital.

Police believe financial stress was behind their decisions.

According to police, Ralph Arjoon, 41 and his wife Yvonne, 42, both fruit vendors, were depressed over the state of their finances and began drinking alcohol heavily at their of Perseverance Village, Couva Sunday afternoon.

Police believe they both agreed to end their lives and subsequently consumed a poisonous weedicide called Paraquat.