'Stephanie was murdered'
By Richard CharanSouth Bureau
Thursday, August 26th 2004
Eleven-year-old Stephanie Narinesingh was forced to drink alcohol, raped, tortured and killed with the poison poured down her throat by a man who was not a lover but a paedophile, her relatives claimed yesterday.
Her arm bore cigarette burns, and the death embrace in which she was found with 25-year-old Jairam Baldeo was a posture not of love, but control, in her dying moment, they said.
Those closest to her insisted she was too young to understand love, and her innocence was lost to a monster who killed her with a poison bought by someone who knew of his plan.
Stephanie would have celebrated her 12th birthday today. Instead, she was cremated at the Waterloo Cremation Site.
Stephanie and Baldeo were found dead on Monday morning at Salybia Beach, Galera Road, Toco.
In the midst of their tears, the family sought to defend the honour of the little girl who lived at El Socorro Extension Road, San Juan. She and Baldeo, who lived at Little Coora Road, Cumuto, were said to be lovers.
But this has been strongly disputed.
Narinesingh's aunt, Popsie Rahaman, 35, said she was one of the people who went to Toco when Stephanie was found.
"She had burns on her arm. Her hair looked as if he pull it up. He was covering her. She was murdered by this man. He was a psycho."
Their bodies were found after it was said they drank the poison Lanate.
An autopsy determined there was semen in her body.
Investigators said yesterday they could not say whether there were marks of violence on her body until they receive a detailed post mortem report.
Stephanie was due to start at the Sangre Grande Junior Secondary School on Monday.
"She was an innocent, little child. She would never do a thing like that. She was loved," said her cousin and confidante, 21-year-old Roshni Mosodeen.
As a final act to remember her birthday, Mosodeen said red roses were placed in the casket.
"We knew that every morning before going to school, she picked roses for her mother. And this is what we placed in her box," Mosodeen said.
Stephanie's mother, Meera Narinesingh, wailed as the pyre was set alight. Her younger sisters, Kamini and Shalini, fainted.
Mosodeen said: "Stephanie was good to her mother. She was helpful, quiet, satisfied with anything. When I asked her last Friday what she wanted for her birthday, she knew her Mummy didn't have much money. All she wanted was a cake. I was going to buy that cake for her. This is somebody who going to kill herself?"
The family insisted that Stephanie did not go with Baldeo willingly.
"She went to the parlour for a Kiss cake. He grabbed her and pull her in the car. She was forced to drink the poison," said Mosadeen.
"If she was friending with anyone, she would have told me or her aunt. Somebody would have known."
Rahaman said her niece stopped at two bars along with way to Toco and was made to drink alcohol.
"The man (Baldeo) stop to buy the poison on the way. He give away all his money and jewelry when he end up in Toco. Didn't the driver know something was wrong?"