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Friday 23 March 2018

Man held for Dominican Republic woman’s murder

A 28-YEAR-OLD Cunupia man was detained on Tuesday in connection with the stabbing death of 26-year-old Dominican Republic (DR) national Esther Echavarria Rodriguez whose body was discovered at a walk over in Charlieville on Monday at 10.45 pm. The woman was clad in a red and black dress with gold sandals on her feet.

Police investigators were able to determine that Rodriguez worked at a guest house in Chaguanas and was a frequent visitor to the suspect’s home. Police are working on information that Rodriguez arranged to meet with the suspect at the walkover on Monday night and was robbed of cash.

Police also received a video footage of the suspect and another man walking away from the walkover on Monday with one of the men being in possession of the woman’s handbag. The suspect allegedly told police he and the woman were attacked by two men and Rodriguez robbed of her handbag. Asked why he did not report the matter when the stabbing took place, the man said he became frightened and went to a friend’s home because he was in a confused state. Investigators said yesterday that Rodriguez may have entered this country a few months ago and had overstayed her time.

Yesterday efforts were being made by police to contact her relatives so arrangements could be made for her body to be returned to that country for final rites.


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