Fire Service officers battle the blaze at the Cotton Hill Road home of a person believed to have been with Michael Sooknanan when he was electrocuted on the Petrotrin compound on Tuesday night. (Image: TTPS)

Fire has destroyed the home of one of the men who allegedly took 14-year-old Michael Sooknanan to Petrotrin to steal copper, and reportedly fled after he was electrocuted.

The house was burnt to the ground last night.

Police believe that the fire was set deliberately, in retaliation for Sooknanan’s death.  The 20-year-old man whose home was destroyed lived a few houses away from Sooknanan’s Cotton Hill Road, Mayo home. 

Sooknanan’s body was found on top of an electricity pole at the Petrotrin Pointe-a-Pierre compound around 9 am on Wednesday 3 February 2021.

Guardian Media understands that sometime later, the man gave police a written statement admitting that he had picked up Sooknanan and another man in La Romaine and went to Petrotrin to steal copper.  He reportedly admitted that when Sooknanan was electrocuted, they ran off and went home.

According to a police report, the man was not at home when the fire started.  His 24-year-old girlfriend left their Cotton Hill Road home around 8:30 pm to visit a friend a short distance away. At about 9:10 pm, a neighbour alerted her that the house was on fire. The house had no electricity. The Fire Service was contacted and extinguished the blaze.

Insp Morales and Sgt Ishmael were among the officers from the Gasparillo Police Station who visited the scene.

PC Sieusankar is investigating.