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Tricia Ramsaran who was murdered by a relative at Sukhan Trace, Barrackpore.

Investigators were yesterday instructed by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to charge a close male relative who confessed to killing mother of one Tricia Ramsaran.

The file was handed over to the DPP over the weekend and investigators were given instructions to obtain further evidence which they did. An autopsy on Friday revealed that Ramsaran was strangled. In 2004 the man was charged with murder after he strangled his former lover. However, in 2006 he pleaded guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter on the basis of provocation. He was placed on a $50,000 bond for five years. The victim had beaten his six-year-old son on the head with a hammer and left him for dead on side of the road in 2002. She was charged with attempting to murder the child.

Five years ago he met Ramsaran and she began living at his home. Last Wednesday around 8.40 am the man walked into the Barrackpore Police Station and told the officers that he had just killed Ramsaran and left her body behind the house. When the police went to his address, they found Ramsaran’s nude body covered with a sheet. There were blue-black marks on her face. Although Ramsaran was involved in a turbulent relationship with several breakups and makeups, relatives said she never complained about being physically abused. Ramsaran had spent a month at her mother´s home and only returned to the house a week prior to her death. Responding to a statement from the Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Police Commissioner Gary Griffith said Ramsaran never made any reports to the police about any spousal abuse. He said in May her mother reported to the Barrackpore Police Station that the suspect had threatened her and he was warned. Ramsaran, he said, indicated to the police that she wanted to move out of the man´s home. Griffith said the police were prepared to go with her but she said she had to get a truck to move out her belongings. Instead, he said she moved back into the house. Ramsaran’s funeral service will take place today under Hindu rites at her mother’s home at Lower Barrackpore, then to the Shore of Peace for cremation.