By JANELLE DE SOUZA Tuesday, April 1 2014
Pastor Vishnu “Kitty” Lutchmansingh, 54, yesterday killed his brother, injured his nephew, attempted to kill two other nephews and then committed suicide, burning down his house.
Lutchmansingh, founder of Faith Sanctuary Family Ministries, was out on $75,000 bail after being charged with 88 counts of fraud in 2006. He claimed to have inherited a ?50 billion estate from a British national in the United States, and allegedly borrowed over $3 million from several persons at different intervals, promising to repay with interest when he collected his inheritance.
Dead is 44-year-old construction worker and part-time farmer Kishan Lutchmansingh of David Toby Road, Chin Chin, Cunupia.
According to the men’s nephew, Joey Lutchmansingh, at about 10 am, Vishnu came to Kishan’s home demanding that he open the gate. Kishan refused and later went to the Las Lomas Police Station to report the incident. After making the report, they returned home and Kishan, his son Brian Lutchmansingh and Joey went to the nearby garden in order to water it.
“While we were watering the land, he (Vishnu) drove down by the garden with a speed, shot the four tyres of (Kishan’s) car and the windscreen, walked across to me, put the gun by my head and pulled the trigger but it was empty,” Joey recalled with a trembling voice.
Joey told Newsday he ran away while Lutchmansingh reloaded the gun and fired five shots behind him, but missed. When he came back, he saw Kishan and Brian speaking to Vishnu who then shot Kishan in his chest and head, and, as Kishan lay on the ground, he stood over him (his brother) and shot him several more times.
“It wasn’t any fighting talk. They weren’t arguing. It’s like he had it in his mind to kill him all along,” Joey said.
He added that Brian ran away when he saw his father murdered and Vishnu shot behind him and missed.
Lutchmansingh then sped off and injured his nephew, Timothy Lutchmansingh, who he hit with his Wingroad vehicle. He then returned to his Savary Road, Chin Chin, Las Lomas, home and allegedly committed suicide by burning down the house while he was inside.
At the murder scene yesterday, Kishan’s wife, Allison Lutchmansingh was being consoled by relatives who had to hold her up, give her water and sap her head with a mentholated splash lotion as she wailed over the loss of her husband. The men’s sister, Geeta, also had to be consoled as she tried to view the body that was cordoned off by yellow police tape. She screamed at her relatives asking, “Where everybody was? Why it had to end like this?”
One relative told Newsday he believed there was a dispute between the brothers as Vishnu wanted a bigger claim to the family land. However, another relative said all nine siblings owned the land equally and so did not believe land was the motive. “They had no dispute that I know of. Like any brothers, now and again they would fall out but they used to lime together. Something must have tripped him off,” she said. At Savary Road, the simple, single-storey building was reduced to ashes. All that remained was the block stilts on which the house stood, a burnt stove and a charred body.
Corporal Mohammed of the Las Lomas Police Station told Newsday officers responded to a report of a residential fire at Savary Road. He said when the police officers arrived the house was already destroyed. After fire officers extinguished the blaze, he said, the remains of a human being were found. The body was completely charred, with only the chest and torso remaining, therefore the body could not be positively identified at the scene.
However, a neighbour told Newsday he saw Lutchmansingh speeding around the corner and then down into a drain in Lutchmansingh’s yard. He saw him run out the car towards the house with a red gas container and go inside. Five minutes later he saw a big blaze of fire. “I was watching to see if he ran out of the house but he didn’t. From where I stood, like he remained inside,” he said.
Police believe Lutchmansingh set the house on fire and then shot himself as a licensed Heckler & Koch 9mm pistol was found under the body.
However this cannot be confirmed until the autopsy is completed. Police are also looking for a shotgun which belonged to Vishnu.