In a previous article, we wrote about the heinous nature of Analee’s murder at the hands of her husband. But what is even more painful to stomach is her deathbed statement against her killer. We’re highlighting it here again so that the world can hear it, so that we can all follow this case and ensure that justice is served on her behalf.
Warning: Contains Disturbing and Graphic Depiction of Violence. Listener’s discretion is advised.
This is Analee Gonsalves, and I’m giving this statement against my husband, Ajay Persaud. People call him Nicolas. On the 23rd of August, we had an argument concerning a boxers. He wanted to go on the road, and the boxers that he wanted wasn’t dry, it was wet. And he started cussing up and throwing down thing and so in the room. I had nuff work to do. I had to look after my baby, I had to make dinner. I had to drop my netting. So I got angry, and I took the cologne bottle and cream and so and I started throwing them through the window. While throwing them through the window, I caused his bird cage to fall down. So when the bird cage fall down, he start cussing up that if I know how much his bird is worth; that nothing in the room is worth as much as his bird.
And he went looking for his cutlass but he didn’t find it. And then he came back and opened the methylated bottle….I went in the bed with my 1-month old baby. She was lying a little distance away from me, and I was sitting down. He opened the methylated bottle and he started to throw it on me. And when he threw it on me, I started to stifle, and I turned over and lay down on my belly. And before I could have turned around back, he took his lighter and sparked it. I don’t know if it was a lighter or match or what, but I assume it was a lighter because he don’t usually use match. He sparked the lighter from behind. When he sparked the lighter, I rolled off the bed because my baby was on the bed and I didn’t want her to get burned. And the fire starting catching. And he threw a bed sheet on me. When he threw the sheet, the fire didn’t go out. And he pulled me up. Before he could have pulled me up, my top that I was wearing had already burned off. I tried pulling off my pants. While I was pulling off my pants, he hollered for Ashley – one of his sister in laws who was home. She was the only one at home with us – she was cooking.
When he shouted for Ashley, Ashley ran into the room and scrambled the baby. He then went and shouted for his mother from the veranda. She was at the street head. When he shouted for his mother, she came. When she came, she carried me to the hospital. When she carried me to the hospital, she told me not to talk the truth that Nicolas burned me. She told me to say that I was boiling porridge and the stove blow up and the porridge burned me. When I got to the hospital, I got admitted at Best, and I got transferred to Georgetown. When I got transferred, the ambulance brought me. A little while after his (Ajay Persaud’s) mother came. She didn’t informed my parents about nothing. She told the doctors that she is my mother.
The next day, one of her friends came and visited me, a lady named Sabrina. When Sabrina came, he called on aunty Sabrina’s phone and asked to talk to me. He told me that if I talk the truth, he would kill himself and kill my two children. That’s why I never gave the correct statement about what happened. I was waiting to go home and get my children and talk what he did to me. But after the pain getting overbearing, I decided to give a statement. And now I just feel like giving up. The pain just keeps getting worse and worse. Someone has to do something about him. Somebody has to do something about him. I want my children them when I go home. I want my children. I want my mother to get control over my children.