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Murders rise to 34

By JULIEN NEAVES Monday, January 20 2014

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SLAIN: Dokraj Deodath, was found dead at his Bagatelle Road, Diego Martin home on the weekend. Deodath, seen in this photo standing in front of his tr...
SLAIN: Dokraj Deodath, was found dead at his Bagatelle Road, Diego Martin home on the weekend. Deodath, seen in this photo standing in front of his tr...

TWO murders in two separate incidents this weekend and one shooting victim succumbing to his injuries have driven the murder toll to 34, according to a Newsday count. In the first incident, 52-year-old Dokraj Deodath was found dead at his home at Sea Trace, Bagatelle with his three tonne white Toyota Dyna truck missing.

His brother-in-law Rubelto Marine said to Newsday yesterday how he discovered the deceased who lived alone. Marine recalled that Saturday morning the family had attempted to contact “Boyan” as Deodath was known, by telephone, but got no reply.

Relatives explained he would switch off his phone at times when he wanted to get some rest so the family was not initially worried. When one of Deodath’s brothers noticed his truck was missing from the yard and the gate and front door open, Marine was asked to check on him. At about 2.30pm Marine went to the house and found Deodath lying face down in his bedroom with two thick streams of what appeared to be dried blood. He also appeared to have cuts on his face.

The family then visited the West End Police Station to make a report and the police responded immediately. The house was still cordoned off yesterday. According to police a hammer and a broken cutlass were recovered from the scene. Officers said an arrest is “imminent”.

Deodath was a self-employed transporter, as well as a welder, straightener and car and truck mechanic. Marine noted he was very helpful and did not like to owe anyone anything. He was unmarried and had no children. Deodath’s mother Sukhiya Ramkhelawan said her son liked children and lived good with his neighbours. Last November her other son ten, Sewak Ramkhelawan, died from cirrhosis of the liver. Deodath was her first son.

In an unrelated incident, one man is dead and five others injured following a shooting incident on Seales Avenue, Laventille. On Saturday at about 9.30 pm Marcus Simon, 22, his brother Dexter Simon, 35, Daniel Lawrence, 28, Noel Eastman, 24, Kerwin James, 31, and Keith Phillip, 22, all of Laventille, were playing cards when a silver Nissan Almera pulled up.

The occupants opened fire and all six men were hit: Lawrence was shot in the cheek, Phillip and Eastman in the right foot, Dexter in the stomach and Marcus received multiple gunshot wounds and died on Sunday at 3 am at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital. The dead main hailed from Filbert Street Laventille.

In the third incident, on Saturday, 47-year-old Sheldon Isaac, who was shot nine times after purchasing doubles in the vicinity of the O’Meara traffic lights on January 8, succumbed to his injuries and died at the Mt Hope Hospital. Investigations are continuing into these three incidents.

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