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In 2002, Lutchmansingh rose to fame after he
wrote and published a three-part book series
titled From Poverty to Prosperity.
He operated Faith Sanctuary Family Ministries
at the Old Southern Main Road in Cunupia,
before being forced to relocate to Harmony Hall,
Reform Village, Marabella due to a legal battle
over ownership of the original parcel of land the
church was on.
Lutchmansingh claimed that he was the sole
beneficiary of the multi-billion dollar will of
United States railroad engineer Buford B Keaton
who died in Kentucky, in 1999.
Several years later he was slapped with over
80 fraud charges for a number of offences
including uttering forged documents and
obtaining money by false pretences.
In March 2012, Senior Magistrate Indra
Ramoo-Haynes committed Lutchmansingh to
stand trial in the San Fernando High Court for
defrauding Nutrimix executive Shaheed
Mohammed of $3 million.
He was also before Deputy Chief Magistrate
Rajendra Rambacahan for allegedly swindling
$1.1 million from four other businessmen from
Lutchmansingh was alleged to have borrowed
the money from businessmen and promised to
repay the sums at exorbitant rates of interest,
using his claimed inheritance.
Insp Jackman, Sgt Figaro, Cpls Mohammed
and Ramsaran, of the Central Division and
Homicide Bureau are continuing investigations
into his murder.
The rural farming village of Las Lomas
was left in a mixed state of shock and grief
after one of its most famous residents Evan-
gelical pastor Vishnu "Kitty" Lutchmans-
ingh embarked on a murderous rampage
which ended with him taking his own life.
Lutchmansingh, 54, who shot to fame in
2003 with claims of his alleged inheritance
of a billion dollar fortune before he was even-
tually indicted in an embezzlement scam,
began his crazed spree of violence by fatally
shooting his younger brother before plowing
his car into his nephew and then returning
home where he set his house on fire with
While homicide detectives had not estab-
lished a clear motive for the incident up to
late yesterday, they were said to be working
on the theory that it stemmed from an ongo-
ing land dispute between Lutchmansingh
and his nine siblings.
However, this theory was disputed by
some members of the Lutchmansingh family
who claimed no knowledge of a feud between
"They was close. I don t care who wrong
or right. I love them both," their sobbing
sister, who asked to remain unidentified,
said while shaking her head in disbelief.
Other relatives who were on the scenes
of the murder/suicide huddled together as
they consoled each other and refused to
comment to media personnel.
According to police reports, shortly after
10 am Lutchmansingh s 44-year-old brother
Kishan and his three friends went to his gar-
den near to his David Toby Trace, Chin Chin
Road, Cunupia, home.
The men heard several gunshots and when
they checked saw Lutchmansingh shooting
at the tyres and windshield of Kishan s sil-
ver Nissan Almera.
The three men ran away leaving Kishan
behind. Lutchmansingh reportedly walked
up to his brother and shot him once in the
head. As he collapsed in the field, Lutch-
mansingh shot him several times in his chest.
Lutchmansingh then calmly returned to
his car and began the 15 minute drive to his
house at Savary Extension Road, Las Lomas
No 1. On his return journey, Lutchmansingh
saw his sister s son Timothy Janitan, also of
David Toby Trace, Cunupia, walking towards
He reportedly sped up on seeing Janitan
and attempted to plough his Nissan Wingroad
station wagon into him.
Janitan tried to move from the path of the
car by jumping into a drain at the side of
the road. However, he still struck and sus-
tained serious leg injuries.
Lutchmansingh then continued on his
journey home. Janitan was taken to the
Chaguanas Health Facility where he was
Police said shortly before reaching his
home, Lutchmansingh crashed the vehicle
into a ditch in front of a metal boom which
blocks entry into the property.
Lutchmansingh then went inside his 8 x12
metre wooden single story house, perched
on a scenic hill overlooking a man-made
lake left over from an abandoned quarrying
operation in the area.
The pastor s neighbours contacted police
shortly after when they noticed his house
was on fire.
By the time fire officers and tenders from
the Chaguanas Fire Station navigated their
way through the pothole infested road which
leads to Lutchmansingh s property, the roof
had already collapsed and the house in
When a news team from the T&T
Guardian visited Lutchmansingh s property
Las Lomas in grief as...
Pastor Kitty shoots
brother, kills self
A crime scene investigator places a tag where the body of Pastor Vishnu Lutchmansingh
(inset) was found after he committed sucide at his home is Las Lomas yesterday. PHOTO:
KRISTIAN DE SILVA
around midday yesterday, police and fire officers were
seen scouring the smoldering ruins of his house for
clues and evidence.
Fire officers found Lutchmansingh s remains which
were burnt beyond recognition under a pile of rubble.
Some of the metal components of Lutchmansingh s
licenced Heckler & Koch 9 mm pistol, the weapon
police believe he used to murder Kishan with, withstood
the inferno and were found under his body.
Crime scene investigators remained on the scene
up to late yesterday as they attempted to locate a
shotgun, which they said was also listed on Lutch-
mansingh s firearm users licence.
Investigators said because of the location where
gun was found, Lutchmansingh might have shot him-
self after setting the house on fire.
However, they said they would wait until an post
mortem is performed on his body at the Forensic Sci-
ence Centre in St James today to confirm their sus-
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