Animal rights activist dies by suicide in Brickdam Police Station compound

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A 49-year-old mother and animal inspector died by suicide this morning in the compound of the Brickdam Police Station. She has been identified as Trudy DeHaarte of Haslington, East Coast Demerara (ECD).

DeHaarte was employed by the Guyana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The woman shot herself in the head at around 09:00hrs, Police said.

Investigations revealed that DeHaarte and her husband, a taxi driver were having family issues. Police said that DeHaarte hit her husband’s car with an object. As such, he reportedly went to the Police station to file a report against her.

His wife followed him to the station. While at the station, Police said DeHaarte took out an object that was wrapped in a piece of yellow cloth and pointed it to her head. Police ranks then heard a clicking sound, before DeHaarte fell to the ground.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene by a doctor. 

Upon examining DeHaarte’s body, a doctor observed a single wound to the right side temple area of the head. DeHaarte, up to the time of her death, was receiving treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital Psychiatric Clinic. 

Her body was escorted to the Memorial Gardens Funeral Parlour awaiting a post mortem examination. Investigations are ongoing.

If you or anyone you know is feeling depressed and needs someone to talk with, please contact these hotlines: 223-0001, 223-0009, 623-4444, and 600-7896. 

The Health Ministry also offers services at its  Mental Health Unit located at 252 Quamina Street, Georgetown.

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