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Double murder in Cunupia

Father of 4 killed while asleep, witness shot dead

By Jerningham Junction \\\\\ Carolyn Kissoon carolyn.kissoon@trinidadexpress.com

Central Division police are investigating a double murder in Cunupia yesterday.


Father of four Mitchum Maharaj and construction worker Satrohan “Shortman” Seiwdass were found dead at a house in Jerningham Junction around 9.30 a.m.

Maharaj, 35, was found dead lying on a bed inside his family’s home. Seiwdass, 51, was found with a bullet wound to the head, lying in the backyard.

Investigators believe the gunman entered the house through an open front door and found Maharaj sleeping in the bedroom.

Police said the killer shot dead Maharaj and was attempting to flee the scene when he encountered Seiwdass, who was walk­ing through the yard.

Police said a party of offi­cers responded to a report of two dead men at a house in Jerningham Junction around 9.30 a.m.

Maharaj also lived in Pascal Road, Piparo.

His brother, Shawn Maharaj, said Mitchum Maharaj, his wife and two children—ages seven and one—spent the July/August vacation at their parents’ house in Cunupia. Maharaj’s two older children—ages 15 and 13—live with their mother.

“He and his family came here to spend the holidays with us. He was supposed to go home tomorrow to organise for the children to go to school. We don’t know what happened. We were all liming and watching TV last night. He and two of my brothers went to sleep in the front house,” he said.

Maharaj said his two brothers left for work around 9 a.m. and left Mitchum sleeping in the house. “We did not see anything sus­picious or hear anything,” he said.

Maharaj said Seiw­dass worked with his father on a construction site.

“He came this morning for directions to the jobsite. I think my brother’s killer was leaving the house when he saw “Shortman” walking through the yard and that was when he shot him, too. He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

The bodies were viewed by district medical officer Dr Babu Reddy and removed to the Forensic Science Centre in Federation Park. Autopsies would be performed on Tuesday.

A team of officers, inclu­ding Senior Superintendent Johnny Abraham, Inspector Terrence Williams and Sergeant Jitindra Toolaram, visited the scene and are continuing investigations.




Mom: My children are close to me


Jennifer Maharaj, mother of Mitchum Maharaj, was inconsolable. “My children are very, very close to me. All seven of them,” she cried.

Shawn Maharaj said his brother was a mason and worked hard to take care of his family. He said his brother had planned to complete

his house in Piparo.


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