RHONDOR DOWLAT-ROSTANT

A man, who was found dead in the compound of a church at Piarco on Wednesday morning, has been identified as Vijay Lutchman Manwah, a homeless person of no fixed place of abode.

It is believed that he may have been murdered, as the body was found lying in blood, and there were blood stains on the walls and door of the church.

Police said another homeless man who usually sleeps on the same church’s compound, has not been seen since.

According to a police report, at about 9 am on Wednesday 9 December 2020, a party of police officers responded to a call and went to the compound of the Church of the Nazarene located at North Bank Road, Piarco.

There, they found the body of a man lying motionless on the compound.  He was described as being of East Indian descent, about 60 years old, slim built, and with greying hair.  The deceased was found lying on his left side in a pool of blood.  The body was clad in a red jersey and a pair of white and grey short pants.  His feet were bare.

Police said blood was found on the head and upper torso of the body.  A foam mattress (6 x 4) also was discovered about 12 feet away from the body.  It, too, was covered in blood.  Several areas on the ground, wall and church door had blood stains.

The District Medical Officer visited the scene, viewed the body of the deceased, made his pronouncements, ordered its removal and issued a referral letter for a Post-mortem Examination to be conducted at the Forensic Science Centre.

The scene was processed by Crime Scene Personnel of the Specialist Recovery Unit and several items of evidential value were retrieved.

Preliminary investigations revealed that Vijay Lutchman Manwah was last seen at St. Helena Junction at about 9 pm on Tuesday.  At that time, he told people that he was going to the church to sleep.

Manwah was last seen alive at the church at 11 pm.

Police are now searching for a homeless man whom they believe can assist with their investigations.