A listed John Doe at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital turned out to be a missing man from Golconda. However, police suspect that Kesther Ragoobar, 29, was badly beaten, thrown out of a vehicle and left for dead at the side of the Churchill Roosevelt Highway in Beetham hours after winning $25,000 at a casino.
Ragoobar was last seen on Saturday by his mother Esther, 57, when he left his Gooray Trace, Golconda home with friends to lime somewhere in north Trinidad.
When Ragoobar failed to return home, his family grew worried and lodged a missing person’s report with the police. Unknown to them at the time, Ragoobar had already been found by passers-by on Sunday morning and taken to the hospital in a critical condition. Medical officials found no identification on him before they conducted an emergency operation and later listed him as a John Doe.
The hospital subsequently sent out a release with his description asking for help in identifying him. But it was not until days after that his mother was told of a description sent out by the hospital and realised it fit his. Esther told Guardian Media that she and other relatives went to the hospital hoping to find her son only to be told he had succumbed to his injuries. The family viewed Ragoobar’s body in the hospital’s mortuary and positively identified him.
“I gone to identify the body and when I gone that was my son. I say wait, that’s not my son because that’s not how he was; he foot cut out, he two hand break, they say he had a hole in the back of he head and big, he swell big,” a grieving Esther said.
An autopsy done the Forensic Sciences Centre in St James revealed Ragoobar died from multiple blunt traumatic injuries.
An investigating officer yesterday confirmed that while they are yet to determine a motive for the killing they strongly suspect foul play. Officers said they received critical information about Ragoobar’s whereabouts and the people he was with while he was liming. They are expected to carry out several interviews soon in their continuing investigations.
A close friend who wished not to be identified yesterday said information reaching them indicates that Ragoobar was gambling the night he went out and won $25,000 at a casino in Port-of-Spain. Based on the information reaching Ragoobar’s friend, they believe he may have been beaten, robbed and left for dead.
Ragoobar’s older sister Alana yesterday questioned who would have done this to her little brother.
“He was a good, good father. He never disrespect nobody. He does talk with everybody good. But you see this incident what happened, I can’t take it. Who really do this to my brother?” she asked.
“We was close—like a twin. When my brother come, he does touch my head, he does play with my head, he does hug me up, he does come by me and eat food. He’s a kind of person like that.”
Ragoobar’s wife Murtee Sonny, 31, described him as a good husband and father to their nine-year-old son.
The family is calling for swift justice in the matter.
Police officers are asking members of the public who may have any information to contact them at 555, 999, 800-TIPS or 482-GARY.
Investigations are continuing.