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Debideen’s murder stuns colleagues
Colleagues of attorney Wesley Debideen expressed shock and sadness yesterday over his killing. His sister-in-law, Angela Govia, who spoke from a house in Kelly Village, Caroni, where the attorney was born and raised, said relatives were busy with funeral arrangements. Debideen was married but had no children. Govia said several lawyers had visited to offer their condolences, including Farid Scoon, Peter Taylor and Odai Ramischand.
Scoon and Debideen represented former Hindu Credit Union (HCU) president Harry Harnarine at the commission of enquiry into the HCU. Harnarine told the T&T Guardian Debideen was the instructing attorney for all the HCU matters in court, several of them high-profiled but said he did not think they would lead to such an attack. He added: “We did not have confrontations in any of them. I can’t imagine he would have any enemies. I am anxiously awaiting word from the police about the matter.”
Debideen was always private about his work, keeping his cases confidential and the family did not know much, Govia said. His murder had left the family in shock, Govia said. “It was clearly a hit. All his credit cards and money were intact. He got 12 bullets. I saw his body,” she added. Asked if relatives were fearful for their own lives, she said: “Not really.” Homicide police at the Arouca Police Station who are investigating reportedly have some leads, she said.
Debideen will be buried tomorrow after a funeral at 10 am at the Kelly Presbyterian Church. Govia said he was a “strong Presbyterian” who was involved in a lot of activities in his home church before he migrated to Canada and then returned to live at Mountain View, Maracas, St Joseph. She said he had a PhD in food technology and at 60 decided he wanted to get into law. He practised criminal and civil law.
Contrary to what was previously reported, Debideen was not related to magistrate Brian Debideen. His execution-styled killing was, however, yesterday linked to a case involving a moneylender. Debideen, 68, was shot 12 times through the windscreen of his car as he drove out of a crowded parking lot on Tuesday at the Grand Bazaar, Valsayn.
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