(CMR) Trinidadian businessman Richard Ramkissoon, the husband of Caribbean economist Marla Dukharan, was murdered in Trinidad and Tobago last week, six years after he was shot during a botched robbery.
Ramkissoon was badly beaten during a home invasion at Crescent Drive, Mausica, D’Abadie at about 3 am on Friday, the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian reported. He was taken to hospital where he died while being treated.
Six men armed with cutlasses and guns, reportedly poisoned the family’s two pit bulls before scaling the nine-foot wall with barbed wire surrounding the property. They then used a ladder to gain access through a second-story window.
The men beat Ramkissoon as they demanded that he hand over cash, jewelry and other valuables.
They also tied up Ramkissoon’s son and daughter who were vacationing with him and a companion, The TT Guardian reported.
After the intruders left with the items they stole, Ramkissoon’s children and the companion checked on him and found him badly beaten.
He was taken to Medical Associates Hospital in St Joseph, where he died while undergoing emergency treatment.
According to local reports, Ramkissoon's brush with death in 2018 had a profound impact on Dukharan forcing her to migrate to Barbados; however, Ramkissoon stayed behind to run his wholesale ‘Superstore' in Arima.
In a 2020 interview, Dukharan admitted that she was paranoid following the first attack on her husband. He shot at point-blank range with the bullet entering his left side, going across his abdomen before remaining lodged in his hip. At the time, Dukharan stated that the bullet had not been removed.