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Friday, March 30, 2018
Even though police issued
96,000 speeding tickets in 2018
in the hope of deterring motorists
from breaking the law, investiga-
tors believe speed was a factor in
the crash that claimed the life of
soldier Rajesh Sookdeo.
Sookdeo, 30, a Private, sta-
tioned at the Camp Cumuto,
was killed when he crashed into
a police surveillance bay along
the Solomon Hochoy Highway,
Chaguanas near Seereram Bros.
Reports stated that Sookdeo
was driving north around 4.30 am
yesterday in a white Nissan Win-
groad wagon, which belonged to
While passing Seereeram
Brothers he crashed into the
pole which hoisted a surveillance
camera. Fire officers, paramedics
and Chaguanas police were at the
scene within minutes.
However, Sookdeo, who was at-
tached to the First Engineer Bat-
talion, Support Squadron for the
past five years, was already dead.
As family and friends gathered
at Sookdeo’s Esperanza Village,
Couva home yesterday, his sister
Indira Sookdeo said that they did
not know where he was going or
whose wagon he was driving.
Indira pointed at his Mitsubishi
Lancer sedan which was parked
outside, however, the family did
not know if or when he returned
home on Wednesday night.
She said that after Sookdeo
finished work on Wednesday, he
picked her up in Chaguanas and
took her home.
After spending a few minutes
with the family, he left without
saying where he was going.
Around 7 pm, Indira called him
to say that they had finished cook-
ing and his response was that he
was “right out the road.”
Hours passed without Sookdeo
returning and around 5 am yes-
terday, police came to their door
with the distressing news.
Refusing to believe his death,
the family went to the scene and
found the body lying on the as-
Indira said it was strange as
Sookdeo usually would not drive
anyone else’s vehicle, adding that
he was supposed to report for
Asked about Sookdeo’s driv-
ing, Indira said: “He didn’t really
speed to say he sped a lot.”
Sookdeo’s girlfriend, Sasha
Sankar, 20, said that he dropped
her home at Claxton Bay around
5.45 pm Wednesday and went to
lime in a bar in California.
Sankar said when she spoke to
him at 10.41 pm, he said he was
going to pick up someone only
identified as Sachin, in Esperanza
Village, before going home.
She said early yesterday morn-
ing, she got a call from the police
who told her that Sookdeo was
involved in an accident and they
needed a phone number for his
“When I asked what happened,
they said he was in an accident.
When I asked to speak to him,
they said no. They asked for a
number for his family so I gave it
“I didn’t know what had hap-
pened. It was when I went on
Facebook that I saw he had died,”
The couple had been together
for six months and Sankar de-
scribed him as a nice person who
was always happy.
The Regiment Welfare Officer
and Chaplain was expected to
contact Sookdeo’s family to offer
assistance while flags at all De-
fence Force Installations were
said to be flown at half-mast yes-
The same is expected on the
day of Sookdeo’s funeral.
Police out in full force for Sheron’s funeral
Police will be out in full force
today for the funeral of mur-
dered car dealer and real estate
agent Sheron Sukhdeo, who was
gunned down on Monday night.
Sukhdeo, 33, who was affil-
iated with the Muslim gang of
Laventille, had been a sponsor
of known gangsters of Laventille.
He financed car dealerships
and illicit operations in Laven-
tille and was believed to be
linked to money launderers and
the drug cartel.
Police said they were also set-
ting up roadblocks and patrols
around the Chaguanas and Wa-
terloo areas while the funeral
A relative, who requested ano-
nymity, said Sukhdeo’s body will
be brought to his home at the
corner of 10th Avenue and Xa-
vier Street in Chaguanas from 9
am, where relatives will perform
full Hindu rites.
His brother Sheldon, who es-
caped death last November after
being shot in the forearm during
a drive by shooting, will take the
lead in the rituals.
Following the religious last
rites, Sukhdeo’s body will be
taken to the Waterloo crema-
tion site where the final rites will
be performed before he is cre-
Rachael did not speak to the
media when contacted yes-
terday. A relative said she was
resting and was not in a proper
frame of mind to give an inter-
Meanwhile, a senior police
officer investigating dismissed
media reports that a close male
relative was the prime suspect
behind the killing.
Officers said they have not yet
identified the main suspect but
were working on several leads.
In 2016, Rachael posted pho-
tos of herself showing injuries
she suffered during a beating
He was charged twice for as-
sault in February 2016 and later
in May 2017 but the charges were
dropped after she refused to tes-
A month before his death, Ra-
chael posted on her Instagram
account a series of photographs
of herself taking out dentures
from the front of her mouth.
She said, “You literally spoiled
my smile...you don’t know what
he did to me.”
The injuries were said to have
been sustained after a quarrel on
Carnival Tuesday but the inci-
dent was not reported to police.
n Anyone with information on
Sukhdeo’s killers can contact
CrimeStoppers at 800-TIPS.
Private Rajesh Sookdeo
Cops: Speed a factor
in soldier’s death
The vehicle in which private Rajesh Sookdeo was killed along the Solomon
Hochoy Highway in Chaguanas near Seereram Bros, yesterday.
Three prison officers will
remain in police custody over
the Easter long-weekend after
they were arrested for attempt-
ing to smuggle drugs, cell
phones and cigarettes into the
two prison facilities at Arouca
According to reports, the of-
ficers were arrested by police
after their colleagues discov-
ered the items during a routine
search of the remand facility at
the Golden Grove State Prison
and at the Maximum Security
Prison, yesterday morning.
The items included two
kilogrammes of marijuana,
cell phones, chargers and cig-
arettes. The officers were de-
tained and then handed over
the detectives of the Arouca
Police Station. They remained
detained at the station up
to late yesterday and are ex-
pected to appear in the Arima
Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday
charged with misbehaviour in
public office and marijuana
Their arrests came less than
a month after 43-year-old
colleague Nigel Marshall was
arrested during a similar ex-
ercise at the Port-of-of-Spain
State Prison. Over the past
few years, prison officers have
been arrested periodically for
smuggling the items, which
fetch exorbitant prices behind
prison walls. Investigations are
Contraband seized from
Prison officers yesterday.
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