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Kidnap victim tells of horrors
Kidnap victim Satesh Sieunarine, 33, said yesterday he was thankful to be alive, but says he now lives life looking over his shoulder. After being kidnapped from his Erin home last Friday and released the following day in Morvant, Sieunarine said he has relived the horror every night when he lies down to sleep. Speaking to the T&T Guardian at his Danhai Avenue, Buenos Ayres, home yesterday, Sieunarine said since Friday, his wife Shadesh, 28, and their two children have gone into hiding at a relative’s home. “When the night reaches and I lie on my bed, I always get a feeling that something is going to happen. “I guess I have to say I was lucky. They (his kidnappers) alone knew what they were doing. I begged and I asked God to make sure that I reached home,” Sieunarine said. Around 3 am Friday, the family was asleep when four men knocked on their door, claiming to be police.
He said when he opened the door, they told him to kneel on the floor and threw a towel over his head. “When I opened the door I realised they were not police and one of them told me kneel and when I knelt they hit me in my head. “After that, they asked for the key for the car and I said it was outside, so one of them went and took it, and they threw a towel over my head and put me in my car. They took me to the Tank Road and beat me,” Sieunarine said. While the commotion was going on, he said, his three-year-old daughter and five-year-old son remained asleep. His wife was tied up with electrical cords and pushed under the bed. Even now, three days after his freedom, Sieunarine said he still did not know why the men took him. He said he was unsure if it was related to the shooting of his wife’s relative, Candy Edwards, at sea last week since they did not have a close relationship. Recalling the ordeal, he added: “I estimate they had a gun with them, because when they driving, they saw a police vehicle passing and they got frightened and pulled into a side street. One of the men said, ‘If he tries anything, blast him.’ “I already said to myself they were going to kill me but I really begged them and told them I had two children to see about. “When they had me in a house, one of them asked me if anyone valued my life. They asked, ‘So what can we get for you?’ I told him I did not know because we had no money. I told him I worked as a taxi driver.”
After being dropped out at the Lady Young lookout, wearing only short pants, Sieunarine said he walked around looking for someone to let him make a phone call. After that failed he returned to the lookout and waited until daybreak before walking to the Morvant Police Station. He said where the men kept him could have been at least ten minutes away from the lookout, and was close to a school, as he heard children reciting. Although he was released, the kidnappers kept his Nissan Sunny B-15, which he used as a taxi. With no means of income, he said he was still trying to figure out how to provide for his family. “Well, I have to make out somehow. I have to do something. That is what I used to hustle. Now I have to find something,” he added. As for his wife and children, he said: “They are not here. She went down by her family. I don’t have a phone so I have not called her. “She had gotten sick not too long ago, suffering from depression. Maybe that is why she is down there still. She is taking it on and she said the children are frightened.”
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