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Children on murder charge

By NALINEE SEELAL Wednesday, January 29 2014

A TWELVE-YEAR-OLD boy and his 15-year-old sister are among four youngsters who will appear before a Port-of-Spain magistrate today charged with the murder of 52-year-old Diego Martin mechanic Dokraj Deodath. The other two suspects are aged 15 and 17.

Deodath’s body was discovered at his Sea Trace, Bagatelle home by his brother-in-law Rubelto Marine. Deodath’s three tonne white Toyota Dyna truck was missing.

Marine recalled that the family had attempted to contact “Boyan”, as Deodath was known, by telephone on the morning of Saturday January 18, but got no reply.

Marine later related that family members were not initially worried about his disappearance as Deodath would usually switch off his cellular phone whenever he was resting. It was when one of Deodath’s brothers noticed his (the victim) truck missing from the yard and the gate and front door open that Marine was asked to check on Deodath.

Marine went to the house at about 2.30 pm and found Deodath’s body face down on the floor in his bedroom with two thick streams of dried blood. He also appeared to have cuts on his face. Police recovered a hammer and broken cutlass at the scene.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Wayne Dick, who is in charge of the Homicide Bureau, led a team of investigators in the probe which led to the arrest last week of the four suspects. The case file was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard who gave formal instructions for the murder charge to be laid. Yesterday, ACP Dick commended officers whose work led to the arrests and added that Deodath’s murder was robbery related.

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