DEADLY END TO FAMILY SQUABBLE
An argument between two relatives ended tragically when the elder hacked Paul Mark Teeluck to death with a cutlass and injured a 71-year-old woman.
Although the residents of Latchoos Road, Penal described Teeluck, 27, as a heavy drinker, who would walk the road shouting and cursing, they said he never got violent with anyone.
However, the 38-year-old male relative, who was held for Teeluck’s killing, was described by villagers as quiet and humble.
It was for this reason that residents were left in shock when they heard Teeluck’s mother, Dhamrajiyia Thompson screaming and rushed across to find him dead in the back yard.
Police said that around 5.30 pm on Saturday, Teeluck, a handyman and the relative, a surveyor, were arguing. The relative then picked up a cutlass and chopped Teeluck on the head, hands and foot. Thompson tried to part the fight and suffered a fractured left hand.
Cpl Ramoutar of the Region III Homicide Bureau and Penal police responded and arrested the relative at the house.
Teeluck and Thompson were taken to the Siparia District Health Facility by ambulance. Teeluck was pronounced dead on arrival, while Thompson was transferred to the San Fernando General Hospital where she remained yesterday.
No one was at the house yesterday and residents said it was unbelievable that an argument between the relatives had escalated to death. They said both men had drinks earlier that afternoon. Next door neighbour Raquel Lawrence said she was asleep when she heard the screams. Her mother went across first and met Thompson inside the house while Teeluck was motionless outside.
She said the relative remained in the yard and eventually went inside the house and wrapped Thompson’s injured hand.
“I will be honest, Mark drank a lot and everybody knew him for that. He would walk in the road cursing and talking hard but he would never interfere with anybody. The guy who did this never got into any fights, he was humble. They were always sitting together and playing music together; they would never fight so I really don’t know what happened. We never thought something like that could happen,” Lawrence said.