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Burnt body found: tests on missing man’s family

By Susan Mohammed susan.mohammed@trinidadexpress.com

GRIEVING family members of Devindar Siewdass can expect a long wait before they know if the charred remains found in Princes Town on Sunday are those of their loved one.

Tissue samples from Siewdass’ family were expected to be taken on Monday and are to be compared with the charred remains recovered from under  a heap of burning tyres behind a house at Matriste Road, Nagee Road, Hindustan. 

Samples are also to be taken from the cutlass and mattress on which blood stains were found, and a pair of sunglasses seized by police. 

A senior homicide investigator said the samples are expected to be flown to a foreign lab for the DNA testing to be conducted. 

Meanwhile, seven persons remained in custody yesterday in connection with the kidnapping of Siewdass. 

Six of them were detained on Sunday morning when police swooped down on several houses in Hindustan. The other man, a police constable attached to the Central Police Division, was arrested on Saturday. 

Police said two of the women detained, aged 18 and 23, have allegedly said that they did not live at the house where they were arrested, and where a quantity of marijuana was allegedly found. 

The seven suspects are being detained in separate police stations in the Southern Police Division. 

Police are working on the theory that Siewdass, a DHL courier, was also a part-time money lender, who left his house on Thursday to meet someone whom he had loaned. He left his home at around 6 p.m. at Rudy Avenue, Siewdass Road, Freeport in a Nissan Libero. Hours later a $2 million ransom was demanded for his safe. His car was recovered near the dump site at Forres Park on Friday. 

Sgt Ramjag of the Homicide Division (South) is heading the investigation.

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