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Saturday, March 31, 2018
Champagne flows as Sheron laid to rest
Thousands of dollars worth of
Dom Perignon and Ace of Spades
champagne flowed at the Water-
loo Cremation site yesterday as
family, friends and other associ-
ates said farewell to Sheron Sukh-
deo who was gunned down last
Monday near a relative’s house
on Caroni Savannah Road, Char-
Sukhdeo, 33, a popular auto
dealer, was at his mother-in-
law’s home when he was am-
bushed and shot multiple times.
He died at the Chaguanas Health
The funeral got off to a late start
as scores of relatives and friends
gathered at his home at the cor-
ner of 10th Avenue and Caroni Sa-
Several of his friends and rel-
atives were moved to tears as
they greeted other mourners at
the ceremony. Several of his gold
chains were draped around his
neck as he laid in the casket.
Members of the media were
banned from entering the prem-
ises as they attempted to come
through the entrance.
The service was officiated by
Pundit Maharaj Akaram but was
unable to be heard at times as
there were no speakers or micro-
phones used during the ceremony.
Several of his friends wore
white T-shirts which read “Sheron
Auto”, “World Boss”, “return if
Many of his trophies and gold
painted miniature cars lined the
bannister of the porch but had
to be removed as the casket was
taken into the house.
Sukhdeo was cremated in
Bouquets of roses from gold,
white and red covered Sukhdeo
as he lay in his brown and gold
Inside his casket, the words
“Sheron Auto” and “World Boss”
were also written. A brown pair of
boots were placed at his feet.
His colourful vehicles were
moved from the premises and
parked at the side of the road
along with one of the music
The crowd and vehicles caused
a backup of traffic along the busy
Caroni Savannah Road.
Members of the Police Service
provided security outside the
premises to clear the traffic and
The two big trucks accompa-
nied the hearse playing reggae
music and other popular songs.
His wife, Rachael, his chil-
dren Sheron Scott and Sherona,
stood outside as the casket was
placed in the hearse.
When approached for com-
ment, Rachel did not speak but
hugged her children and other
They along with other mourn-
ers threw flowers and rice as the
door of the hearse was closed ac-
cording to Hindu rites.
At the cremation site, Sukh-
deo’s large gold chains were re-
moved from his neck as friends
popped bottles Champagne spill-
ing it onto the blazing pyre.
Police said up to late yesterday
they were continuing investiga-
tions and that no suspects were
Contraband in jail
is lucrative trade
Prisons Commissioner Gerard Wil-
son says a number of prison officers
have been sneaking contraband
material in the prisons because it is
a lucrative trade.
This comes in the wake of the ar-
rest of three prison officers held this
week after allegedly trying to smug-
gle cellphones and related elec-
tronic accessories into the Golden
Grove Remand Yard and Maximum
Security Prison in Arouca.
Two of the officers are assigned
to the Golden Grove Prison and the
other at the Maximum Security
Prison. They remained detained
late yesterday as investigations con-
In an interview yesterday, Wilson
said his organisation has been try-
ing to address the issue.
“Over the last four or five years
quite a lot of officers were held.
Our disappointment is that some-
times the police officer who charge
a prison officer do not appear in
court or they (accused prison of-
ficer) win their cases technically.
We are trying to address this issue,
they do nonsense and come back
to work. It defeats the purpose,” he
He said there could be several
reasons why his colleagues could
fall into those circumstances.
“In some instances I would think
they are threatened or fear for their
lives or live in a high risk area.. it is
a very lucrative trade,” he said.
— Camille Clarke
Teen killed for gold chain
RADHICA DE SILVA
Weak with grief and with tears
pouring down her face, Cindy
Dowrich yesterday begged police
to find the gunman who murdered
her teenaged son for his gold
Rinarco Balgobin, 19, of South-
ern Main Road, La Romaine, a
member of the PNM’s National
Youth League, suffered three gun-
shot wounds to his neck and head
as he tried to flee from his attack-
ers around 4 am yesterday.
His mother said witnesses heard
someone shouting “Mammy!
Mammy!” before gunshots were
fired but she never heard her son’s
call for help.
“I was sleeping on the couch in
the living room and I did not even
hear him. I slept in the living room
because I was waiting for him to
come home,” Dowrich sobbed.
Wiping away her tears, the dis-
traught mother said she warned
Balgobin not to wear the chain as
he left home on Thursday night
to attend a fete at a bar on Cipero
Street, San Fernando.
“I want you to find him. Don’t
ask questions. Find out who killed
my son,” Dowrich shouted to
police and media. Another resi-
dent sat on the steps wailing. She
screamed, “All yuh tell the police
who have the gun! Tell them.”
Other relatives told her to hush.
Most of the people interviewed
said they were fearful that the
killer could return.
A source, who requested ano-
nymity, said Balgobin came home
around 4 am to see the killer wait-
ing for him in a secluded area in
his front yard.
The first shot missed Balgobin
and he tried to run to the back of
the house. As he collapsed near
the fence, the gunman fired again
hitting him twice and killing him
It was only around 9 am that
Balgobin’s family found him on the
side of the fence.
Police said Balgobin was robbed
of some cash and his chain. How-
ever, senior investigators said they
have information that the teenager
got caught up in a turf war and was
killed and then robbed.
Balgobin’s body has since been
removed to the Forensic Science
Centre where an autopsy will be
done on Tuesday. Members of the
Homicide Bureau yesterday took
statements from residents and rel-
In a statement yesterday, the
PNM National Youth League said
Balgobin served as chairman of
the Oropouche West Constituency
Youth League and was a former
Committee Member of the National
Youth League Executive 2016-2017.
Anyone with information on the
death can contact Crime Stoppers
Cindy Dowrich, mother of 19-year-old Rinarco Balgobin (inset) who was
murdered near his home in La Romaine yesterday. PICTURE TONY HOWELL
Mourners spray Champagne on the pyre during the cremation ceremony for
central businessman Sheron Sukhdeo.
PICTURES ABRAHAM DIAZ
A mourner drifts around the pyre during yesterday’s funeral for used car dealer
Sheron Sukhdeo at the Waterloo Cremation Site.
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