Friend kills friend over $100 in Trinidad

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN – SNO) — A life­time of friend­ship be­tween two Fyz­abad men came to a trag­ic end when one stabbed the oth­er dur­ing an ar­gu­ment over $100 on Mon­day evening. As rel­a­tives of Neatha Ram­s­ingh, 53, held their heads in dis­be­lief, his killer sur­ren­dered him­self to po­lice.

Ram­s­ingh and an­oth­er friend were dri­ving out of Pas­cal Road, Av­o­cat Vil­lage around 6.20 pm when he stopped in front of his broth­er Ramesh Roopan’s house. As he got out of the car, Ram­s­ingh met his friend and they both got in­to an ar­gu­ment. The friend then pulled out a knife and stabbed Ram­s­ingh in his chest.

Rel­a­tives said Ram­s­ingh and his friend were ear­li­er drink­ing and lim­ing with neigh­bours low­er down the street. It was some­thing they would of­ten do to­geth­er and they would see each oth­er every day. Roopan said he was watch­ing tele­vi­sion when he heard the car stop at the front.
He said he looked out and saw his broth­er and the friend talk­ing about mon­ey. He claimed the man swiped the knife at his broth­er’s face and then stabbed him.

“Look, man, you stabbed me,” were Ram­s­ingh’s last words be­fore he dropped on the floor and bled to death his rel­a­tives said.

Roopan said he called the al­leged killer’s broth­ers to see what hap­pened and they re­port­ed that ear­li­er he was be­hav­ing ag­gres­sive­ly and they had urged him to be­have. Roopan said the mon­ey his broth­er was killed for was $100 the al­leged killer had bor­rowed.

“They were friends. My son got mar­ried next door and they were by my son’s fa­ther-in-law. They made a cook and they were lim­ing there. They had a lit­tle falling out for $100. …I think the (killer) gave him back the $100 but this broth­er was vexed be­cause some­body lied some­where,” Roopan said.

Lo­cal gov­ern­ment coun­cil­lor for Av­o­cat Dood­nath Mayrhoo said it was a sad day for the com­mu­ni­ty when two friends could fight over $100 and one lose their life. He said the coun­try has now gone in­to sense hope­less­ness and de­spair with em­ploy­ment and the un­cer­tain­ty of their next meal.

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