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Reshma Kanchan

Homicide investigators spent yesterday evening awaiting a response from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) whether to charge a Siparia electrician for the murder of Reshma Kanchan.On Tuesday, doctors at the San Fernando General Hospital discharged the suspect into the custody of the Homicide Bureau of Investigations: Region Three. On Wednesday, they interrogated him in relation to Kanchan’s murder on September 29.

After completing a file, officers went to the DPP’s office in San Fernando.

Investigators said if the DPP’s office agrees, they will charge him today.

Kanchan, 25, left her Laltoo Trace Extension home shortly before 9 am last week Tuesday for her Unemployment Relief Programme work at a school in Debe.

As the mother of two walked along Laltoo Trace, the suspect, whom she previously ended a relationship with, ambushed her with a blade. He chopped her on her hands, face and neck, almost severing her head.

He then drove off in a black Nissan Wingroad wagon and slit his throat before crashing into a bin outside Simon Say Chinese Restaurant at a junction.

The wagon’s front tyres blew out. Residents took the suspect to the roadside and tied a white T-shirt around his neck.

An ambulance eventually took him to the hospital and he underwent treatment. Kanchan was the 36th domestic violence murder of 2020.