Thursday, February 22, 2018

Constable arrested

Courier slain...

A POLICE constable and another man were arrested yesterday, in connection with the murder and kidnapping of Freeport courier Devindar Siew­dass. 

At around 4 a.m., a team of police officers of the Homicide Division (South) detained the officer at his Couva home. 

He is said to have four years’ service and is married with children. 

The second suspect, a labourer of New Grant, was also arrested. 

Police said they are to be placed on identification parades this week. 

The arrests came days after investigators received instructions from Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Joan Honore-Paul. 

Police said after finalising enquiries, they made the arrests yesterday morning. 

Siewdass, 29, of Rudy Avenue, Siewdass Road, Freeport, was last seen on the evening of March 20 as he left his home, driving a black station wagon. 

The vehicle was recovered by police, abandoned in Forres Park, Claxton Bay, next day. 

Police said his father, Annarood Siewdass, received a phone call hours later, demanding $2 million for his return. 

Last month, DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) testing identified Siewdass’ charred remains, found in a burning heap in forested terrain in Princes Town. 

The remains were discovered by police officers who had moun­ted a foot and aerial search in a forested area off Matriste Road, Nagee Road, Hindustan. 

Police made the discovery beneath a burning heap of tyres, found more than 450 metres from a house.  

Police immediately arrested six people, among them three women, who were in a house near the burning heap. 

Investigators searched other hou­ses in the area and seized a bloo­dy mattress and cutlass from an unfinished house and a pair of sunglasses believed to belong to Siewdass.