Opposition, Govt MPs seek answers on doctor’s murder

Monday, August 19, 2019 - 14:45

Two mem­bers of Par­lia­ment from the Gov­ern­ment and Op­po­si­tion have joined the fam­i­ly of mur­dered physi­cian, Dr Sinanan Lutch­man, 79, for an­swers on the sta­tus of his mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The calls came at an In­ter­faith Ser­vice and Peace Walk Against Crime held in Dr Lutch­man’s mem­o­ry Sat­ur­day night.


Dr Lutch­man was shot and killed at his Paul Street of­fice on Au­gust 17, 2018.

No one has as yet been held for his mur­der.

Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Cu­mu­to/Man­zanil­la Chris­tine Newal­lo Ho­sein and Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for To­co/San­gre Grande Glen­da Jen­nings-Smith, who is al­so the Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary in the Min­istry of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty, put aside their po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tions to team up at the can­dle-lit march along the streets of San­gre Grande.

Rel­a­tives of Dr Lutch­man are ques­tion­ing why no one has yet been ar­rest­ed.

They said that one year has passed with­out any­thing be­ing said to them by the po­lice on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and called on Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith to look in­to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

They told Guardian Me­dia that the po­lice have failed them and they be­lieve that this may be a case of a mur­der that has been “swept un­der the car­pet”, in spite of po­lice hav­ing rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion on the mur­der.

Guardian Me­dia con­tact­ed the Arou­ca Po­lice Sta­tion and sought to get an up­date on the case. How­ev­er, we were told that the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer on that mat­ter, In­spec­tor Lawrence, had re­tired and no one was avail­able to give fur­ther in­for­ma­tion. No in­for­ma­tion was giv­en on who took over the case.

Christ Lutch­man, son of Dr Lutch­man told Guardian Me­dia that he keeps vis­it­ing the Arou­ca Homi­cide Bu­reau to get a fol­low-up on his fa­ther’s grue­some death and all in­ves­ti­ga­tors are telling him is that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­tin­u­ing.

The dis­traught son said this is not good enough as he has giv­en state­ments to the po­lice that he be­lieved could have led to ar­rests.

He said he grieves every day when he looks at his fa­ther’s pic­ture, a mem­o­ry he says that will nev­er van­ish from him as long as he lives.

He re­called his fa­ther call­ing him an hour be­fore his death to pur­chase some grapes for him, which he did.

About an hour lat­er, while at his San­gre Chiq­ui­to home, he re­ceived news by cell­phone that his fa­ther was shot and was tak­en to the San­gre Grande Hos­pi­tal.

On his ar­rival, he learned that his fa­ther had suc­cumbed to his in­juries.

“I screamed, say­ing why some­one will want to kill a man, who was serv­ing peo­ple in the com­mu­ni­ty to en­sure their health, with mon­ey or no mon­ey,” Lutch­man said.

Cyn­thia Lutch­man, his mar­ried wife cried on Sat­ur­day night as she al­so said there was no jus­tice the killing.

“It is one year since my hus­band—my hus­band be­cause we nev­er got di­vorced—and no ar­rest yet,” she said, as she broke down in tears.

She added: “I can­not un­der­stand and is puz­zled as to why the po­lice have not made any ar­rest and nev­er gave us any fol­low up in the case. Has this case been closed?”

Newal­lo-Ho­sein de­scribed Dr Lutch­man as a fam­i­ly doc­to