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Disgusted over the gruesome death of 54-year-
old mechanic Dulraj Deodath, villagers of Sea Trace,
Diego Martin, the following day, hunted down and
caught four children whom they and police believe
Homicide officers close to the investigations said
the four were held the day after Deodath s bludgeoned
body was found at his Sea Trace, Bagatelle, Diego
Four teenagers, including a 15-year-old girl and
her 12-year-old brother, have been in custody since
Sunday, after villagers held them in connection with
the killing last Saturday.
The T&T Guardian was informed that the villagers
formed a vigilante group, did their own investigations,
held the children and immediately handed them over
to the police.
Police would not confirm whether the four had
been harmed during the citizens arrest.
In a telephone interview yesterday, Deodath s rel-
atives said they had heard about the arrests, but not
from the police.
Relatives said they could not understand what
would have driven the suspects to commit such an
act, as they lived in the neighbourhood and had even
learnt to drive in Deodath s truck, as he regularly
gave lessons in his yard.
Pressed further, the relatives said they did not
want to speak much more on the issue as they were
fearful there might be repercussions from relatives
of the suspects.
The T&T Guardian was informed that Deodath s
three-tonne truck was found at the bottom of a cliff
in Maracas after one of the suspects led police to
the spot. Police said jewelry and a sum of cash were
also found in the suspects possession.
Deodath, who was called "Boyan" by his relatives
and neighbours, was a member of the Jesus Is the
Answer (JITA) Ministries. He was found in his bed,
covered in blood, around 2.30 pm on January 18. A
hammer lay nearby.
Sgt Grant and Cpl Linton of the Western Division
visited his home after relatives had tried to call him
repeatedly and got no answer. The police found his
front door forced open and his Toyota truck missing.
Deodath s sister Elsie Deodath described her elder
brother as a kind and generous man who was always
willing to assist anyone in the village. She said added
that, if her brother was hired to do a job and the
client was unable to pay he would also not make
much of a fuss.
Deodath, a bachelor with no children, was cremated
yesterday. His autopsy revealed he suffered blunt
force trauma to the head, which cracked his skull.
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Children organise more security as...
Rupert Greene is no longer the general manager
of Arawak Cement Co Ltd (yesterday, Page A35).
His new title is general manager, TCL Ponsa
Manufacturing Ltd (TPM) and TCL Packaging Ltd
(TPL). Our apologies for the error.
An 81-year-old businessman fought off
two bandits during a daring home invasion
yesterday, by kicking one of them so hard
that they both fled the scene with whatever
they had managed to grab before trying
to subdue him in their Princes Town home.
With one bandit pinning him to the floor
and the other smothering his mouth, and
his wife screaming for help, father of ten
Basdeo "Barrelman" Paltoo mustered all the
strength he could find and kicked one of
his attackers so hard in the chest that both
of them fled, bolting through an open win-
dow and falling eight feet to the ground
"I don t get frightened too easily, I am
not afraid to die," Paltoo told the T&T
Guardian hours after the bandits made off
with cash and other items yesterday. The
Paltoos operate the Paltoo and Son s Barrel
Shop at their Naparima Mayaro Road home.
Although Basdeo was able to maintain a
smile throughout the interview, his 76-year-
old wife Dolly admitted the ordeal was too
traumatic for her.
Police said two bandits entered the cou-
ple s home around 2 am by climbing onto
a barrel and removing three louvres near
the roof of their house.
One suspect slipped through the narrow
opening and opened the front door for the
other to enter. They were able to take out
$200, ceramic ornaments valued at $300,
a cellphone and several packs of cigarettes
before returning to the house.
By then, however, Paltoo had heard noises
coming from their living room and went to
"I heard click! click!, so I got up and
opened my door. But the fellah was standing
there already," he said.
"I ran back in the bedroom and I started
to make noise. The first fellah ran behind
me and pushed me down to the ground and
the second fellah came and he put his hand
over my mouth.
"While they held me down, I hit one of
them a kick in his chest. From the time the
fellah got that kick, both of them ran and
jumped through the window."
Paltoo managed to smile throughout the
interview, but Dolly was not as excited about
"When I saw the men holding him down,
I started knock the ply hard and I was calling
my son in the other room. I said Ravi get
up, look it have thieves inside the house, "
However, by the time Ravi came out the
bandits had already escaped.
Paltoo said he could not see the bandits
clearly because the house was in darkness.
He said one suspect wore a hoodie while
the other had a long hat on his head. He
said he suspects the bandits may be
teenagers from the area.
Recapping the event, he said the break-
in happened less than 30 minutes after the
barbecue outlet next door had closed. He
said the bandits must have known there
was an elderly couple and that they could
have accessed the house from through the
No one was arrested yesterday, but the
couple s son, Robin, said one the thieves
cut himself on the window while fleeing
and another left fingerprints on one of the
louvres. He said he hopes the police can
trace the evidence left behind.
Relatives who gathered at the home said
they were afraid that the thieves might
return, however, so they were making
arrangement to install burglar-proofed win-
Despite this, Paltoo said: "I have a dif-
ferent view on these things. I say that when
have already done everything. I have worked
and raised ten children, I am ready any-
Princes Town detective PC Mohammed
is continuing investigations.
wife from bandits
Basdeo "Barrelman" Paltoo and his wife Dolly recount their ordeal to the T&T Guardian at
their Naparima Mayaro Road home yesterday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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