GRAZED by a bullet outside a hotel and bar in San Fernando on November 19, 2017, Sheldon Sukdeo lived to tell the tale.
But it’s been over a month since he had been kidnapped, and police are uncertain whether Sukhdeo is still alive.
The history of violence that has followed the Sukhdeo family has been documented in the media since 2016.
Sheldon’s brother, millionaire car and real estate dealer Sheron Sukhdeo, 28, first appeared in the Chaguanas court in February 2016 charged with committing the act of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against his wife at their Orchard Gardens, Chaguanas, home.
The charges were laid after his wife Rachael Sukhdeo posted photos of her alleged injuries on social media, with blue and black marks on the face, chest and legs.
The posts sparked national outrage, with women groups speaking up, and the police taking the woman to a safe house.
Months later the mother of two told the court that they had reconciled and she no longer wished to pursue the matter.
The case was dismissed after she said she was not forced, threatened or induced into her decision and the case was dismissed.
On Carnival Monday 2017, Sheron Sukhdeo was again hauled before the court charged with receiving two stolen cars and fraud.
The case was not yet settled in court when on March 26, 2018, in a hail of bullets near his wife’s relatives home at Charlieville on March 26, Sheron Sukhdeo was murdered.
Two weeks later, his brother in law brother, Phillip Bassant was gunned down at the very corner.
Sheron Sukhdeo’s neighbour, Joshua Plaza, 21, was killed on April 22.
The multi-millionaire’s employee Erwin Beckles was shot dead on May 14.
Sheron Sukhdeo’s wife, Rachael Sukhdeo, and two children have fled the country even though rolls of barbed wire were installed over their palatial home days after Sheron Sukhdeo’s funeral.
The barbed wire, secured to lengths of steel, surrounds the perimeter and stands more than 20 feet tall at the property at the corner of Xavier and Tenth Streets, Orchard Gardens in Chaguanas.
The Express was told that Sukdeo’s car dealership is being managed by his colleagues.
Known as “World Boss”, Sukhdeo owned a fleet of at least 15 luxury vehicles, eight speed boats, ten jet skis and two small aircraft, as well as two buses, 12 mini vans, and four taxis. He was also the owner of seven houses and six apartments. According to someone close to the family, he also recently bought a restaurant and owned other businesses.
Police are still on a fact finding mission to determine what happened that night and with the other killings.
And with Sheldon Sukhdeo’s kidnapping for a two million dollar ransom.