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Cops: Probe into Dana Seetahal's murder at an advanced stage

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Homicide detectives are working to quickly complete the investigation into the murder of Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal. The assurance was given by the Police Service’s public information officer Supt Joanne Archie, who was speaking during a weekly press briefing at Police Administration Building, Sackville Street, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. Archie’s comments come one day after Seetahal’s sister Susan Francois, director of the  Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), pleaded with investigators to ensure her sister’s case did not run cold. 


Responding to Francois’ comments, Archie said investigators, led by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Wayne Dick, had reached an advanced stage in their investigation and were seeking advice from Office of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and other experts to fine tune it before arrests were made. “The Police Service is applying all its resources to ensure the people who perpetrated that act are brought to justice,” Archie said. 


Speaking at the launch of Seetahal’s book, titled Commonwealth Caribbean Criminal Practice and Procedure, Fourth Edition, at the Council of the Law Association of T&T, Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain, Francois said there was a direct correlation between inordinate delay and unsuccessful conclusion in homicide investigations. 


“This would lead to the impression that criminals could operate with impunity in this country. Inordinate delay, as well, in my view, leads to the perception that murder is a form of entertainment in this land of ours,” Francois said. Seetahal was shot dead on May 4 as she drove along Hamilton Holder Street, Woodbrook, shortly after 12 am. She had just left Ma Pau casino on Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, and was on her way home.  She would have turned 59 on Tuesday.