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Thursday, March 29, 2018
Sheron was protected
by criminal gang—cops
Millionaire real estate and used
car dealer Sheron Sukhdeo lived
his life in the fast lane.
He loved fast money, gold jew-
ellery and fast cars.
This was evident in the posts
he made on social media show-
casing his luxury vehicles and
But while police probe a pos-
sible family link to his death,
officers of the Central Division
police said members of the Rasta
City gang of Beetham Gardens
were planning to kill Sukhdeo
years ago, even though he was
well protected by members of the
main rival Muslim gang.
In 2016, an attempt was made
on his life but he escaped. Sukh-
deo is reported to also have had
several police officers on his pay-
roll and used them also to keep
his enemies at bay.
Despite the murder attempt,
Sukhdeo took precautions to pro-
tect his family.
Members of the Muslim gang
knew Sukhdeo well and became
his bodyguards. He helped one
of the Muslim gang leaders to set
up a car dealership in Laventille,
which was financed by money
launderers and the drug cartel.
Despite the threats on his life,
Sukhdeo, 33, would be seen walk-
ing in Charlieville and along Ca-
roni Savannah Road Chaguanas,
where he operated his business.
He flashed his wealth by wearing
lots of gold jewellery and even
bought a private plane.
He travelled frequently abroad
with his wife Rachael and in one
Facebook post, Rachel was seen
posing with American reality
television personality Kim Kar-
They had been together since
Rachael was 14 and he was 16.
They got married two years later
and had two children.
However, their marriage be-
came the subject of public scru-
tiny since 2016, when Rachael
posted photos of herself showing
injuries she suffered during a
beating from Sukhdeo.
He was charged twice for as-
sault in February 2016 and later
in May 2017 but the charges were
dropped after his wife refused to
On January 11, Sukhdeo posted
a meme featuring Colombian
drug lord and narco-terrorist
Pablo Escobar, whom he ad-
mired. The post read, “I can re-
place things but I could never
replace my wife and kids.”
Like Escobar, Sukhdeo wanted
to share his wealth with the poor,
having experienced financial dif-
ficulties himself before he went
into business. During the recent
floods, Sukhdeo distributed ham-
Police said they were bracing
for reprisal killings following the
Schoolboy killed in tragic accident
Longing to own a bicycle, school-
boy Darion “Tin Tin” Lucas worked
hard, saved up his money and
bought a used bike last month.
In a cruel twist of fate, on Tues-
day, Lucas, 15, was killed when he
rode down a steep hill into the path
of a truck, transporting logs at Fifth
Company, Moruga, on Tuesday.
The Form Two pupil of Tableland
Secondary School was killed in-
Still in disbelief, his cousin Eze-
kiel Kernahan, 20, who arrived on
the scene moments after the acci-
dent said they grew up together
Lucas went to live with their aunt
in St Julien Village, Princes Town
when he was baby, but he also
stayed at Kernahan’s Sixth Com-
Kernahan said Lucas, who cel-
ebrated his birthday on March 8,
had planned to outfit the bike with
“He just get that bike last month.
He always tell me he want a bike
and he say he going and work and
buy a bike and he work and buy it.
He tell me he going and put brakes
and paint it red and black,” he said.
Kernahan said on Tuesday
around 9 am Lucas messaged him
on WhatsApp asking him to go rid-
ing with him.
He said they went riding in the
area on their bicycles and ended
up by their aunt at Fifth Company.
“Coming home now, I on top a
hill coming around a corner. But
he gone (in front) and I was still on
the hill taking my time because I
know that is a steep hill. All I could
ah hear was bang and he was first
person come to my mind because I
know he went down the hill. I just
feel it in my gut that something
happen. When I reach down the
hill I see my brother lie down the
ground. I couldn’t do anything but
cry. It’s sad that he had to go like
Describing Lucas as an ambi-
tious, outgoing and intelligent per-
son, he said, Lucas objective was to
be successful in life.
“He used to look up at me be-
cause I does do a little singing. He
always tell me he wanted to be like
me. I say ‘boy don’t be like me, try
and be better than me.’”
He said Lucas was a cheerful
child who was always cracking
jokes. Moruga police are investi-
RADHICA DE SILVA
Kunti Deopersad sought medical
treatment yesterday, a day after she
gave an account of how she escaped
four abductors by picking a lock
with a hairpin.
Up to press time yesterday, her
husband Tilkee Gopaul, 61, of Oro-
pouche South Trace said they were
waiting for her to be medically ex-
amined at the San Fernando Gen-
Gopaul said Deopersad, 39, went
to the Siparia Health Facility yester-
day but was advised to go to the San
Fernando General Hospital instead.
“We waiting here right now. The
doctors still have to examine her,”
Asked how Deopersad slept on
the first night home after her or-
deal, Gopaul said, “My wife slept
good. After eight days of trouble,
she finally got a good sleep.”
The story that Deopersad gave
was met with scepticism by the
police as well as people on social
media. A senior investigator said
that they found gaping holes in De-
opersad’s story. However, he could
not say whether Deopersad will face
charges if she was found to be dis-
honest in her statements.
Gopaul and Deopersad have been
together for 23 years and have seven
children together aged 13 to 22. She
also has a four-year-old grandson.
Gopaul described Deopersad as
a loving and committed mother. He
said she was not someone to lime
and party and had been with her
since she was a teenager.
On March 21, Deopersad said she
went to the Princes Town Health
Facility to get medication for a skin
condition. While walking along Mar-
ket Street, Deopersad said four men
cornered her and another woman
and forced them into a car. They
were blindfolded and taken to a
dark room where they were kept
for seven days.
Deopersad said the men never
harmed her and they fed her vege-
tarian food like roti, water and soft
drink. She said the abductors never
spoke to her. During the ordeal, she
managed to send a message to her
husband saying she was kidnapped.
A week later, Deopersad said she
and another woman picked a lock
with a hairpin and escaped. She
said after walking through a track
she arrived at Princes Town where
she took a taxi and returned home.
Sheron and Rachael Sukhdeo.
Ezekiel Kernahan recalls the final moments before his cousin DarIon Lucas
PICTURE KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Kunti Deopersad during an
interview at her Barrackpore home
after her escape.
Two days after Sukhdeo was
gunned down near her parent’s
home, Rachael Sukhdeo was taken
to the Chaguanas Health Facility
after suffering from a medical com-
plication. Homicide officers said
around 10 am, Rachael was taken
to a health facility where doctors
had to give her emergency treat-
ment. Her two young children have
been staying with her parents as
police try to find the people behind
Sukhdeo’s untimely demise. Region
Three Homicide officers are contin-
uing investigations into Sukhdeo’s
WIFE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL
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