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for 29TH OCTOBER, 2015
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Ramdaye Maraj, 74, the mother of
Nathan Maraj, 35, whose decapitated body
was found in a garbage heap in Port-of-
Spain on Wednesday, says her son s grue-
some murder should be a lesson and a
wake-up call to all children who are
involved in drugs in one way or the other.
Speaking from her home at Harkoo Trace,
Las Lomas No 2, yesterday, Maraj said her
son lived with her and she last saw him on
Monday morning when she had a favourable
conversation with him about his use of
"I spoke to him many times about smok-
ing marijuana but he would always quarrel
with me and say to stop nagging him about
it but I still used to talk to him about it
and tell him that what he was doing was
wrong," she told the T&T Guardian.
She added: "I grew him up in church
and I grew him up knowing right from
wrong and he knew. I tried all that I could
with him. I am not hiding for him because
he is my son but look at what happened
to him, if he had only listened to me?
"Just Monday I was talking to him about
it and he was actually listening to me and
didn't argue with me for telling him how
Maraj's head was found in a garbage heap
near Pall Mall Street, East Dry River, Port-
of-Spain, while his body was found in the
truck of a white BMW Hatchback parked
at the corner of Duncan and Prince Streets.
The T&T Guardian was told the BMW
was not registered in Maraj's name and the
owner had already been contacted by inves-
Yesterday, the elder Maraj said her son
was the last of eight children and he was
the second child she had lost. One of her
sons died at the age of 48 from cancer.
She said she believed with the frequent
use of marijuana her son became bipolar.
"When he is good, he is so good. He
and I always shared a close relationship
and he would always want me to go wher-
ever with him. He recently took me to Lon-
don. He would want to take me to the US
and Canada where he have his brother and
"But when he tripped he would trip so
bad where he would do extreme things.
Recently, he even spray painted the BMW
he usually drove. His trip-offs are that bad.
I can't even talk to him when he is in that
state of mind," she said.
Maraj said her son was previously
employed at Guardian Life, where he was
awarded the "Employee of the Year" about
four years ago. His last place of employment
was at Maritime but she said he had not
been working for the past several months.
Asked whether or not she believed her
son's murder was connected to the Mexican
drug cartel operating in T&T, Maraj replied:
"I am only hearing about this in the news
but I feel that maybe he was killed because
he had no money to pay for the marijuana.
"He has not been working for the past
months and I feel he probably was taking
the drugs, taking it, taking it, taking it and
because he was not paying for it they killed
him but I do not know for sure and can
only think that."
Asked if her son not only used marijuana
but sold it, Maraj replied: "I do not know.
Simply because I know he would smoke
marijuana because he told me that he has
been using it since he was in high school,
but he would never smoke it in front of me
or anyone that he knew or was close with.
So to say whether or not he sold drugs, I
cannot say because I do not know."
A close neighbour, who wished not to
be identified, described Maraj as a
respectable young man.
"If he could help somebody he would
never hesitate to do so. He would never
pass anyone on the road who was waiting
"He was always so humble when he was
good and not when he would trip off. When
he was calm he would give his life for his
mother," the neighbour added.
A close friend of Maraj, who also wished
not to be identified, said he was shocked
when he got the horrid news.
"I knew he would smoke marijuana but
I don't expect to hear that he would have
been killed and to top it off to be killed in
such a manner where his head would be
cut off. That's terrible, man. He would have
never done anything so wrong to anybody
to be given a death like that."
Beheaded man's mom admits he smoked ganja...
Not sure he was dealer Speaking with reporters after identifying
Maraj's body at the Forensics Science Centre,
St James, his older brother, who asked not to
be named, denied media reports which claimed
his death was drug related.
While he dismissed the allegation his brother
was a "drug lord", the man refused to reveal his
brother's occupation and described him as "one
in a million."
"When Nathan was good he was too good.
He would always go out of his way to help
anybody," he added.
Talking about his illness, he said: "When this
problem came to him he was a changed
person. He would do all kinds of crazy things.
He would curse and argue and quarrel but after
he was back to normal."
Asked if the family could think of a reason
for Maraj's murdered and the grisly disposal of
his body, the relative said no.
"Police said they had some leads they were
following and in due course they would give us
more information," he said.
Maraj's brother confirmed he was using the
car he was found in when he saw him on
Saturday morning but could not confirm if he
was in fact the owner.
An autopsy performed on his body by
forensic pathologist Dr Hughvon des Vignes
yesterday revealed Maraj died of multiple stab
wounds to his upper body with his killers
removing his head after he was already dead.
Despite his family's claims, Homicide
detectives are still considering Maraj's murder,
which bore striking similarities to crimes
committed by South American drug cartels, as
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Nathan Maraj eats pizza on a trip abroad.
One day after a head and headless corpse of for-
mer insurance agent Nathan Maraj was found in
East Dry River, Port-of-Spain, another man s body
lay cold on the streets of the capital.
According to police around 7 pm residents of lower
George Street and South Quay heard gunshots and
later saw Nicholas Allen dead on the roadway.
Allen, known as "Boy Boy", was a known gun and
drug offender, according to police.
This is the 74th murder in the capital for the year,
police said, and the 358th murder victim for the year.
Head of the Port-of-Spain Division,
Snr Supt Johnny Abraham, yesterday
apologised for his colleagues poor
response to a call from the public about
an abandoned BMW 1 parked at the corner
of Duncan and Prince Streets, Port-of-
Spain, earlier this week.
Yesterday, Abraham, who had chastised
residents for removing the car without
calling the police as he spoke to the media
on Wednesday about the killing, admitted
his colleagues erred.
"Late last night I gathered information
that they (police) looked through the car
but got no information why it wasn't
wrecked," Abraham said, as he apologised
for criticising the residents for removing
the vehicle from a driveway and promised
an investigation into the incident.
Contacted yesterday for comment on
the police's alleged negligence in the case,
acting Police Commissioner Stephen
Williams said he was not aware of claims
that the residents' initial report was poorly
"This is the first time I am hearing about
this. Now that I have been made aware I
will investigate it and take appropriate
action," Williams said.
The headless body of Nathan Maraj, 35,
was eventually found stuffed in its trunk
on Wednesday morning but residents had
called police since Tuesday to report the
vehicle had been blocking a driveway.
The police reportedly went that same
day but only looked inside the car and left
it there. They came back hours later on
Tuesday with a woman but did the same
thing without checking the trunk and again
left the vehicle where it was.
A businessman reportedly eventually
organised to get the vehicle pushed away
from the driveway and it was only when
a foul stench came from it on Wednesday
and the police were alerted by the same
residents that they came back and finally
opened the trunk to make the gruesome
Abraham apologises for blame blunder
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