Animal rights activist kills self at Brickdam Police Station

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Below is a police statement

Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the suicide of Trudy DeHaarte aged 49 years, an Animal Inspector at the Guyana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and of Haslington, East Coast Demerara.

The woman shot herself in the head on 2022-03-14 about 09:00 hours in the Brickdam Police Station compound.

Initial investigations revealed that the victim and her husband, a taxi driver were having family issues and as such the husband left their home about one week ago and began living with his father at Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara.


On Monday 14th March, 2022 about 08:50 hours, the deceased woman confronted her husband and her son on Camp and Regent Streets in front of City Mall where she took an object which was wrapped in a yellow cloth and hit her husband’s motorcar.

The man subsequently drove to the Brickdam Police Station where the deceased followed him.

The man, while waiting to make a report, saw the deceased standing in front of the station and pointed her out to the rank who was performing duty as the compound sentry, who then escorted the deceased woman into the compound.

The deceased woman then walked to the entrance of the Enquiries office and took out the object from the yellow cloth which was concealed in a black plastic bag and looked at her husband who was a short distance away from her in the office  and said “this is what you want” then she raised the object, still concealed in the plastic bag to the right side of her head and a clicking sound was heard and the deceased fell to the ground.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene by Government Medical Officer Doctor Narine who examined the body and a single wound was seen to the right side temple area of the head.

The woman, up to the time of her death, was receiving treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital Psychiatric clinic.

The body was escorted  to the Memorial Gardens Funeral Parlour awaiting a Post Mortem Examination.

Investigation is ongoing.

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