By RALPH BANWARIE Tuesday, July 10 2012
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IN SHOCK: Poorandaye Parey, mother of murder victim Anuradha Parey, in shock at her daughter's death yesterday....
THE woman who was found nude and dead on a bed in a room at a garden shop and pet supplies store in Sangre Grande on Sunday, has been identified as Anuradha Parey, 23, of Palmiste Drive, Coalmine, Sangre Grande.
An autopsy performed on Parey’s body yesterday at the Forensic Science Centre, St James revealed that she was bludgeoned to death. Her head and neck bore severe trauma police sources said. Up to yesterday, the son of a businessman — who surrendered to police hours after the discovery of the body — remained in custody assisting officers.
Police reported that shortly after the woman’s body was found in the room at the store off Andre Street in Sangre Grande, at about 6.30 am on Sunday, after police received an anonymous telephone tip-off, the suspect surrendered.
Based on information received, officers later went to Parey’s home where they first spoke to the victim’s mother Poorandaye Parey. Officers later spoke to Parey’s siblings Jadesh and Bepahyer. The two later accompanied police to the Sangre Grande Mortuary on Sunday evening where they positively identified the body as being that of their sister.
Speaking to Newsday yesterday, Poorandaye said she was still in a state of shock and disbelief over the murder of her daughter who worked at Carlos Restaurant on Foster Road, Sangre Grande. The grieving woman revealed that Parey was supposed to take up new employment yesterday at Medical Associates in St Joseph.
Poorandaye, a mother of four, said the last time she saw her daughter alive was on Saturday evening.
“She told me, ‘mammy, it getting late, I better go to my music lessons’. She kissed me and bade me farewell. That’s the last time I saw my child alive,” Poorandaye said.
She said that Parey usually returned home from music lessons at ten o’clock in the night and when she did not return at that hour, she thought nothing of it, believing her daughter was still at class.
“I went to sleep knowing my daughter had sense and that she would return home a little later in the night as she sometimes did. When I woke up at half past five on Sunday, I checked her bedroom and realised she had not come home. It was then that I started to get worried,” the mother said. Calls to Parey’s cellular phone went unanswered. Later on in the day, the police arrived and Poorandaye’s son and daughter left with them.
“I thought maybe Anuradha had gotten hurt and was in hospital. I got dressed and went out to the road to get a taxi to go to the district hospital. I then saw my son and daughter in a car which dropped them off outside our home. They did not speak to me,” she said.
As she started to cry, Poorandaye then related that her two children held onto her and blurted out that Parey was dead. “We all started to scream and cry,” Poorandaye said.
She later expressed confusion as to why anyone would want to kill her daughter saying she was a very spiritual young woman who was active in the Hindu faith and regularly attended temple.
Poorandaye said she never knew of Parey being involved in any relationship with anyone. Police sources yesterday said that once the case file is compiled, they would be seeking Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard on what charge to lay against a male suspect.
Constable Sookdeo of Sangre Grande CID, under supervision of detective Inspector Lawrence is continuing investigations.