Monday, January 22, 2018

‘Underworld figure’ held for murder

 A 33-YEAR-old Princes Town man whom police described as a well-connected underworld figure was arrested yesterday for the murder of Devindar Siewdass, the son of a Central businessman. 

The suspect was arrested in a house at McBean Local Road, McBean Village, Couva, during an early morning police exercise by a party of officers under the supervision of Senior Supt Johnny Abraham and Sgt Jitendra of the Major Crimes Unit, Sgt Andy Mohammed of the Couva CID and  others of the Central Divisional Task Force. 

The suspect was expected to be interviewed yesterday by Homicide detectives and is to be placed on several identification parades. 

Two men have already appeared in court for the murder and kidnapping of 29-year-old Siewdass. 

Kellon Amorose, 25, of Hindustan, and Pradesh Ramlogan, of La Gloria Settlement, New Grant, are remanded in custody while the case continues in the Princes Town Magistrates’ Court. 

Siewdass, 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. 

Police said his father, Annarood Siewdass, received a phone call hours later, demanding $2 million for his return. The vehicle was recovered by police, abandoned in Forres Park, Claxton Bay, the next day. 

DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) testing identified Siewdass’ charred remains, found in a burning heap in forested terrain in Princes Town on March 23. 

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.