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Mom of six found dead

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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Kerwin Bando shows the spot where his mother ‘s body was found. Photo by:RISHI RAGOONATH

Relatives of Tricia Farrow, whose partially nude corpse was found tied to pipe yesterday, believe she was murdered by the same teenager she accused of raping and trying to kill her six months ago.

Calling for swift justice yesterday, Farrow’s son Kerwin Bando said weeks after his mother was raped, she became angry at her attacker and shouted out his name.

Relatives said the 19-year-old man, who is also a relative, was the last person they saw talking to her before she disappeared on Saturday morning.

Farrow, 44, of Morne Rush, Williamsville, was discovered in a partially decomposed state yesterday at an unoccupied house along Hill View Drive, about 50 metres from her home.

A report stated that when the owner went to the house around 8.50 am, he saw a body lying on the ground and immediately went to the Gasparillo Police Station.

He returned with a team of officers who found Farrow, a mother of six, lying on her back at the side of the house. A belt was fastened around her neck and attached to the drainage pipe and her pants and underwear removed.

Investigators believe she was strangled and raped, but because of the decomposition, they will await the findings of an autopsy scheduled for today at the Forensic Science Centre.

Tricia’s daughter Nesha Bando said the last time she saw her mother alive was around 1 am on Saturday when Farrow walked outside their home to quell an argument between her brother Tyrone and the suspected relative.

Bando said she left the door open for her mother’s return but when she woke up hours later, she was nowhere to be found.

Bando said she was prepared to report her missing to police yesterday. Instead, the police showed up at their homes, asking her to identify her mother.

Bando said she did not know if her mother was forced to the unoccupied house as no one heard any screams there. She said her mother was not dressed to leave home.

Kerwin told the T&T Guardian that while his mother never complained about threats, the incident six months ago was similar to the way she was found yesterday.

He recalled that on that day, a neighbour called out to him and his father, saying that he heard someone making noise through the bushes. By the time they came down, they found Farrow lying partially nude in the bushes, less than 100 feet from where her body was found yesterday.

I said, “Mammy! Mammy! What happened? She didn’t answer and by the time she came home, I didn’t even study it. After two weeks went, she was drinking and she saw the fella again. She asked him for something and he blanked her. She got up and said, ‘Remember you tried to … You tried to kill me.’ She called his name.”

He said on Friday, he heard the argument and didn’t see his mother after that. He said he had a “fishy” feeling that something bad had happened.

He said given that she accused the relative of raping her and he was last seen with her, police should look into that.

Since the incident, Kerwin said the relative has not been to Hill View Drive. When other relatives asked where he was following Friday night’s argument, he said he was with a friend. However, the friend denied being with the relative on that night.

Farrow’s daughter-in-law Vina Khatic called on police to make an arrest soon, saying that there were many young women in the community, who can become preys.

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