The old adage “friends carry you but don’t bring you back,” proved fatal for a 14-year-old boy who was electrocuted while allegedly stealing copper at the compound of the Pointe-a-Pierre refinery.
The charred body of Michael Sooknanan was found dangling on top of an electricity pole around 9 am yesterday.
Officers of the Amalgamated Security Services on a routine mobile patrol spotted the body on the pole at Robel Avenue.
Police believe that his accomplices fled the scene after he got electrocuted.
One of Sooknanan’s arms was found in the grassy area while a boltcutter was hooked in a tree near the pole. When the boy did not return home on Tuesday, his mother Sandy Sooknanan filed a missing person’s report around 9 pm at the Gasparillo Police Station.
A press release from Petrotrin stated, “Preliminary investigations indicate that the individual entered the compound without any authority, scaled the electricity pole, and in so doing, encountered the live high-tension power line and tragically lost his life. “
While expressing condolences to the bereaved family, the company reminded the public of the life-threatening danger involved in unauthorized interference with the company’s assets, in particular mechanical and electrical assets.
The company stated that all regulatory authorities were informed of the incident and visited the site with company officials.
After the lines were secured by a T&TEC crew, officers of the Mon Repos Fire Station removed the body from the pole.
When Guardian Media arrived at Sooknanan’s home at Cotton Hill Road, Mayo, his parents were now leaving to go to the site.
Still in a state of disbelief, his mother sobbed, “Is true? Is true?”as she entered the car. With tears streaming down her cheeks, his older sister Tiffany Richards, 20, said her brother left primary school about two years ago and was working as a construction worker and gardener.
She said he left home sometime after 4 pm with a villager who was also his friend and co-worker. She said the villager kept asking her brother to go with him over the last few days, but he had refused.
“Yesterday morning he say he not going and I don’t know what happened and as the fella come he just get ready and he gone,” she said.
She said Sooknanan left in the villager’s car and told them that he might return home later that night or in the morning. He then returned for his gloves.
Later that night their mother became worried when he did not come home. They tried calling his cellphone but it went to voice mail.
Richards said her father inquired from the villager about Sooknanan’s whereabouts.
She said her brother was accustomed working at night but she never knew him to be involved in anything illegal. She said her brother was helpful and pleasant.