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Cops: Guard’s killing was hit from prison

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

As murdered security guard Paul Rajcoomar, 41, was buried yesterday under Muslim rites, police investigators received critical information that Rajcoomar’s murder was a hit called from within the prisons’ walls. In so doing, police said they have “very strong leads” and assured that investigations have intensified as a result. An officer, however, sought to dismiss rumours that Rajcoomar was the mastermind behind the February 22, 2010 murders of 68-year-old Carmen Mc Hutchinson and her three grandchildren— Asha Roberts, 23; Javon Roberts, 18 and LL Roberts, 13. They were all gunned down while sleep at their home at Gonzales. Two others were also shot but wounded.

Asha’s daughter, who was four years at the time of the incident, and her aunt were both shot and wounded. Carmen’s son, Mario Mc Hutchinson, the father of Asha, Javon and LL, who was at home at the time escaped by jumping through a window of the house. “Paul Rajcoomar was never a suspect in those murders. In fact was a relative of his who was eventually killed years after,” an investigating officer said yesterday. The T&T Guardian was told that those murders stemmed from gang rivalry between the Gonzales gang and the Bath Street boys. However, the connection to Wednesday’s murder of Rajcoomar, according to police, was that he was scheduled to take the witness stand on Thursday morning against a member of the Gonzales gang.

“He (referring to Paul) had no criminal records and was never known to be involved in gangs. He was just called before the court in an important trial,” a police officer said. Rajcoomar, 41, was an exemplar security guard, according to his employer, Simon Sobrian, managing director of Shield Security Services Limited. On Wednesday night, while near his place of work at Albion Plaza Energy Centre, Victoria Avenue, in Port-of-Spain, Rajcoomar was shot multiple times about his head and body.

He succumbed while undergoing emergency treatment at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital. The incident occurred at about 8 pm when Rajcoomar was approached by a vehicle. Its occupant alighted it and shot him several times. The gunman then escaped. His funeral took place yesterday at Shyam’s Islamic Funeral Home in Cunupia.

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