Saturday, February 24, 2018

Court awaiting pastor’s death papers

Lutchmansingh fraud case


murder and suicide: Vishnu Lutchmansingh

Mark Fraser

THE COURT is awaiting official documents on the death of Pastor Vishnu Lutchmansingh.

Monday was the first time the fraud charges brought against Lutchmansingh were called in court since he shot and killed his brother and turned the gun on himself after setting his house on fire last March.

Police prosecutor Cleyon Seedan  said verification still had to be given on Lutchmansingh’s death.

Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington, presiding in the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court, asked whether a death certificate was available and Seedan said it was not.

Wellington adjourned the case to August 12 and noted the death certificate had to be obtained.

On March 31, Lutchmansingh, 54, shot and killed his brother, Kishan Lutchmansingh, 44, on an agricultural development in Chin Chin Road, Cunupia, ran over his nephew with his car at Savary Road Extension and set fire to the house before shooting himself. 

He was laid to rest on May 26, after his body was positively identified.

Lutchmansingh had faced 88 charges of fraud after he allegedly took $3.2 million from several people between 2001 and 2004.

He had allegedly promised to repay the money, with interest, from a £900 billion estate he claimed he was the sole beneficiary of following the 1997 death of Buford Keaton of Kentucky, United States.

He was on over $4.7 million bail.

In 2012, Senior Magistrate Indra Ramoo-Haynes found there was sufficient evidence to have Lutchmansingh face a judge and jury on one of the 35 charges, in which managing director of Nutrimix, Shaheed Mohammed, was the alleged victim.