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Pure hatred led pastor Vishnu
"Kitty" Lutchmansingh, 56, to
take his own life after he killed
his younger brother Kishan
Lutchmansingh, 44, members of
his family say.
Speaking with the media outside
the Forensic Science Centre, St
James, yesterday, the nephew of
both men, Amos Dadbahal, said it
was "total hatred" fuelled by a mis-
understanding, then a reaction that
led to the murder-suicide on Mon-
He debunked speculation that
the killing was over land, saying it
stemmed from a quarrel over an
access road leading to lands owned
by the family.
He said Lutchmansingh blocked
the access road and when he was
asked to remove the barrier he
refused. The younger Lutchmans-
ingh left to make a police report
on the incident and when he
returned to the area he was shot
dead, Dadbahal said.
"A simple request to pass and a
retaliation, an answer like this was
given, which in no form or fashion
is necessary at all, to take someone s
life. The family totally break down
right now," Dadbahal said.
Asked if the pastor had ever
shown signs of violence, he said
Lutchmansingh was always like
"I never know him different from
that. I never knew him to be any-
thing else but a violent person," he
"It had days he vex and days he
good. We didn t know how to pre-
dict him. He was good to others
and bad to others but we never
expect him to resort to this. He
never pointed any gun at anyone.
He did say his stupidness in the
past but no one ever took him on."
Contacted after he had returned
home, Dadbahal said his uncle, the
former head preacher at the Faith
Sanctuary Family Ministries at the
Old Southern Main Road, Cunupia,
had often threatened to kill his
family in the past but the threats
were never taken seriously. But he
said the family was still in shock
and trying to come to terms with
"Your own blood, your own
family?" he asked.
Noting that both brothers will
now never see their three children
married, he said whatever evil any-
one believed in was what overtook
his uncle and compelled him to do
what he did.
Earlier at the Forensic Science
Centre, relatives of both men
seemed at odds with each other
as both the killer s relatives and
relatives of his victim kept to them-
Dadbahal said the younger
Lutchmansingh, a father of three
and contractor who worked as a
farmer, sought to mend the broken
family ties about three days ago
when he called for unity among
himself and his nine siblings. He
said the unity was within their
grasp as the entire family agreed.
Dadbahal s aunt and the sister
of the deceased men, Cindy Lutch-
mansingh-Ramoutar, described the
younger Lutchmansingh as a won-
derful man who was kind to anyone
in need and the backbone of the
According to police reports,
shortly after 10 am on Monday,
Lutchmansingh s brother Kishan
and his three friends went to his
garden near his Cunupia home.
The men heard several gunshots
and when they checked they saw
Lutchmansingh shooting at the
tyres and windshield of Kishan s
silver Nissan Almera. The three
men ran away, leaving Kishan
walked up to his brother and shot
him once in the head. As he col-
lapsed in the field, Lutchmansingh
shot him several times in his chest.
Lutchmansingh then returned
to his car and drove to his house
at Savatri Extension Road, Las
Lomas No 1. While en route he
saw his nephew Timothy Janitan,
also of David Toby Trace, Cunupia,
walking towards his home and
drove his Nissan Wingroad station
wagon into him.
Pastor's family tell of frequent threats...
Senior Central Division police have
ordered an investigation into how con-
troversial Pastor Vishnu "Kitty"
Lutchmansingh was allowed to keep
two licensed guns even though he was
facing 88 criminal charges.
Police sources confirmed the inquiry
was launched after Lutchmansingh used
his licensed Heckler & Koch 9 mm pis-
tol to kill his brother Kishan, 44, on
Monday, before turning the weapon on
Police said they are also inquiring
into allegations that Kishan, before
Monday s tragedy, may have reported
threats made by Lutchmansingh to kill
him. The T&T Guardian understands
that Lutchmansingh had also reported
to the police in turn that Kishan had
Police public information officer ASP
Joanne Archie told the T&T Guardian
investigations following such incidents
She said checks at the Firearms Divi-
sion yesterday showed Lutchmansingh
was allowed to keep his licence after
being slapped with 88 criminal charges
because the Firearms Act stipulates
specific conditions for revoking licences
and Lutchmansingh s charges did not
fall under them.
"What he was charged for, which
was fraud, is not one of the offences
under the Firearms Act where the
licence could be revoked," she explained.
Under the Firearms Act, she said, a
licence could be revoked "only if the
person is convicted of an offence under
the act itself, or if the person has been
convicted of an offence under the
Domestic Violence Act or is found to
be of intemperate habit or unsound
Responding to claims the pastor
might have been mentally unstable,
Archie said for the licence to be revoked
on that basis, the mental stability of
the licence-holder would have to be
"You would not make that determi-
nation just like that. You would have
to have the circumstances or a medical
to prove (that)," she added.
Additionally, Archie said, Lutch-
mansingh had not been convicted of
any of the charges, some of which are
Lutchmansingh, 54, went on a ram-
page, using his licensed pistol to shoot
and kill Kishan in a garden near his
home at David Toby Trace, Chin Chin
As he headed to his own home at
Savary Extension Road, Las Lomas No
1, which he later set on fire, Lutch-
mansingh also ploughed into his
nephew Timothy Janitan with his car.
Janitan s leg was seriously injured.
Police believe the chain of violence
stemmed from an ongoing land dispute
between the brothers.
After the gory end of the flamboyant
pastor, people with whom he rubbled
shoulders and whom he presented with
opulent gifts have sought to distance
themselves from him.
Among them is the doctor who used
his palatial property to secure the fallen
pastor s $4.7 million bail. While express-
ing shock at Lutchmansingh s demise,
Dr Ashram Bissoondath opted yesterday
not to be referred to as a "close friend,"
instead, declaring: "We were just
Bissoondath, in a brief telephone
interview, said he and Lutchmansingh
were not in contact, even though his
property continued to be held as surety
for the pastor.
He added: "I have not seen him for
a long time. The bail was still here. I
did not revoke or remove the bail. I
have not seen him for a long, long time.
He said the entire scenario involving
Lutchmansingh on Monday was
"It was a shock to me. I knew him,
but any situation like this, with any-
body, it would be a shock," he said.
Bissoondath said he did not know
Lutchmansingh to have a violent streak
and in fact said Lutchmansingh, the
founder of Faith Sanctuary Family Min-
istry, was "a very affable person, very
nice. I always had a good relationship
Who was Pastor Lutchmansingh?
Vishnu "Kitty" Lutchmansingh shot
into the limelight when he claimed to
be the beneficiary of £700 billion left
for him in a will by Buford Keaton, an
American businessman who purport-
edly owned businesses across the world.
He published a book which chron-
icled his windfall, From Poverty to Pros-
perity. Two lavish launches were held,
one at the Faith Sanctuary Ministries
at Marabella and the second at the
But the pastor fell from grace when
it was later discovered that Keaton was
a railroad worker and there was no
inheritance. He had by then borrowed
money from several wealthy business-
men on the promise that he would
repay, at exorbitant rates of interest,
once he collected his inheritance.
Lutchmansingh was last before
Deputy Chief Magistrate Rajendra Ram-
bacahan for allegedly swindling $1.1
million from four businessmen from
Another businessmen who invested
in him was Nutrimix executive Shaheed
Mohammed. In 2012, Lutchmansingh
was committed to stand trial in the San
Fernando High Court for defrauding
Mohammed of $3 million.
In his heyday, Lutchmansingh set up
his church in Marabella in 2003 under
a large tent, which was lavishly dec-
orated with a carpeted pulpit and tap-
estry. He later set up a church in Cunu-
pia after being evicted from this
Court marshals levied on the Cunu-
pia church after Lutchmansingh failed
to pay a $4 million debt owed to
Chairs, instruments and electrical
items were seized as Mohammed
sought to recover his losses.
Cops probe why 'Kitty'
still had gun licence
One of the eight Trinidadian
Imams held by security forces in
Venezuela on suspicion of plot-
ting to overthrow the government
of President Nicholas Maduro is
pleading with the T&T Govern-
ment to intervene on the group s
In an interview with TV6 News
yesterday, Imam Hamza
Mohammed called on the Gov-
ernment to do more to secure their
freedom, saying the conditions at
the jail in which they are being
held are deplorable.
"These people just come and
lock up everybody. Up to now they
have not found any evidence that
we are terrorists. I am a respectable
Imam in my community,"
The group of 22, which also
included six women and eight chil-
dren, were held at the Plaza Hotel,
Sabana Grande, in downtown
Caracas last week. Venezuelan
authorities also confiscated
US$102,000 in cash and 66 pass-
ports that were in the possession
of one of the Imams.
The men appeared before an
Anti-Terrorism Tribunal Court in
Venezuela on Wednesday.
The women and children were
released and returned to T&T last
Detained Imam begs for more help from T&T
An undated photograph of Kishan Lutchmansingh and his wife Allison.
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