A twenty-three-year-old Tableland woman died at a hospital after suffering second-degree burns about her body. Aviana Ramdeo who suffered 35 percent burns about her body died at the San Fernando General Hospital on Thursday, almost three weeks after she was admitted for reported self-inflicted injuries.
Police are investigating the circumstances under which Ramdeo, was burnt. According to reports, on October 14, Nicolas Phagoo, 34, of Naparima Mayaro Road, Tableland, told police he was at home with Ramdeo, his common-law-wife, when around 1 a.m., they had an argument. Ramdeo then allegedly poured the white rum over her body and set herself on fire with a lighter, according to the police report.
Phagoo said he extinguished the flames but not before she suffered significant burns to her face, neck, chest, lower limbs, and arms. The man reported that he contacted the police and the emergency health services. PC Ramdhanie and PC Toll responded and Ramdeo was taken to the hospital where she was treated and warded at the ICU until her death on November 2.
A post-mortem is scheduled next week at the Forensic Science Centre, in St James.
Sgt Sooknanan is continuing inquiries.