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Teen shot dead

The Nissan Wingroad that bandits attempted to steal and which led to the death of 14-year-old Akesh Sooklal.

Akesh Sooklal, a Cunupia Secondary School pupil, was shot in his head by an accomplice of the bandit who attempted to rob his 27-year-old uncle, Basdeo “Shorts” Siewah of his Nissan Wingroad car customised with Lamborghini doors.

The incident occurred shortly after 10 p.m. along Mary Ellen Street, Kelly Village, Caroni where the family lives. Siewah, survived the attack and is listed in a satisfactory condition at the Mt Hope Hospital.

Akesh’s mother Deveeka Sooklal, 30, related the events leading up to the eldest of her four children being murdered.

“Me, my mom, my sister-in-law and brother (Siewah) were in the front yard,” Deveeka said.

“My brother had now parked his car and he came and was sitting with us outside. My son (Akesh) was upstairs in the gallery with my baby. While we were talking, this guy came walking down the road with a pouch to the front and just pulled out a gun and put it behind my brother’s neck.”

Deveeka said the man ordered Siewah, a contractor with Blue Waters, to hand over his car keys, chain and cellular phone and Siewah complied.

“The fellah was trying to start the car but the car wasn’t starting. He called my brother and said ‘Come and start this (so and so) car right now!’. My brother went but the car wasn’t starting. The guy clicked the gun and just started cursing. He shot my brother three times.

“When he fall to the ground my son saw and ran down the back step with my baby and gave my sister-in-law the baby and was running up the road saying ‘Somebody come out please. They now shoot my Uncle Shorts. Bandit in the yard’.

“A fellah who was parked in a van up the road shoot him (Akesh) in he head.”

Deveeka said Akesh took up a construction job at the start of the holidays and he wanted to buy a pair of Clarks shoes to attend school. (Express)

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