|Cops want blood |
By NALINEE SEELAL and LAUREL WILLIAMS Friday, April 4 2014
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PRAYERS: Brian Lutchmansingh kneels at the side of the coffin bearing the remains of his father Kishan during a funeral service yesterday at their hom...
HOMICIDE Investigations Bureau detectives have met with relatives of Pastor Vishnu “Kitty” Lutchmansingh, requesting blood samples from them to determine via DNA testing, if the charred, unrecognisable remains found in the pastor’s burnt house, are really his
.This after police ordered the funeral and cremation of the remains to be put on hold pending further tests after an autopsy revealed that the person found among the burnt ruins of the pastor’s house was shot in an area of the back, which effectively rules out suicide.
It was initially believed that after the controversial pastor — who was out on bail for multiple fraud charges — shot dead his brother Kishan last Monday, he then went to his Las Lomas No 1 home, set fire to the building and committed suicide by shooting himself.
When the autopsy ruled out suicide, head of the Central Division Snr Supt Johnny Abraham ordered that the charred remains be left lodged at Guide’s Funeral Home in Couva.
Police officers yesterday met with Pastor Lutchmansingh’s children Hannah and Aaron Lutchmansingh, requesting blood samples which are to be sent to a lab in the United Kingdom for the DNA tests.
The results will enable police to ascertain whether the charred remains are indeed that of Pastor Lutchmansingh or if it belongs to another person. On Wednesday shortly after 7 pm, a team of officers went to the Squires Trace, Las Lomas home of Martha Lutchmansingh, the pastor’s ex- wife, and spoke with 23-year-old Hannah and 26-year-old Aaron.
The officers informed the two children of the pastor, that their blood is needed so that DNA tests could be carried out to positively identify the body. Apart from the blood samples, muscle tissue samples taken from the charred remains will be sent to the UK lab. Both Hannah and Aaron readily agreed to give police samples of their blood.
Yesterday, Abraham told Newsday, “I am making arrangements to have the two children of the pastor be taken to a lab for blood to be drawn so that it could be sent for DNA testing and I am hoping that this will be done today.”
He added that in the meantime, the charred remains which were first thought to be that of Pastor Lutchmansingh, remain under tight security at David Guide’s Funeral Home in Couva.
“I tried contacting forensic pathologist Dr Hughvon Des Vignes to inform him that the charred remains will be taken back to forensics, but I was told that Dr Des Vignes is in Tobago doing an autopsy, so this arrangement will be made today as well,” Abraham said.
The Snr Supt insisted that there will be no funeral until a proper identification is made on the charred remains. Also yesterday, Leela Janitan, sister of Pastor Lutchmansingh said her brother became very depressed after his current wife Tricia, separated from him, and left with their seven-year-old daughter, Alana. Leela said she believes the charred remains are that of her brother.
While police were yesterday making efforts to ascertain the identity of the charred remains, Pastor Lutchmansingh’s relatives bade a tearful farewell to his brother Kishan, who was shot dead by the pastor on Monday.
Relatives at the funeral service at Kishan’s David Toby Road, Chin Chin, Cunupia home all insisted they have no animosity toward Pastor Lutchmansingh. In fact, Timothy Janitan yesterday described Lutchmaningh, 54, — who tried to kill him by running him over with a car on Monday — as a “good man” who “tripped”.
“I do not think he intended to do what he did. He tripped off. I thought I was going to die but I lived and will recover from these injuries. It was not my time to die and I have nothing against him,” Janitan told Newsday.
Janitan was among scores of mourners gathered at Kishan’s home for the funeral. Lutchmansingh’s sister Girlie Dadbahal, pastor of the Deliverance Temple Ministry, pledged her love for both brothers.
Her son Amos Dadbahal, in delivering the eulogy, called on relatives to live in peace. Like his mother, he too acknowledged that there were arguments in the family, but members never thought it would have resulted in what happened.
During the service, several mourners, overcome with grief fainted including Kishan’s wife Allison Lutchmansingh, their daughter Alice and his nephew Joey. Kishan was also the father of Brian and Kristian. He was cremated at the Waterloo cremation site.