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Autopsy reveals: Dana shot 5 times with a ‘small gun’

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
RECREATION: The map above shows the route police believe Dana Seetahal, SC, took before she was ambushed by gunmen just outside the Woodbrook Youth Facility (WYF) on Hamilton Holder Street. Seetahal left the Ma Pau casino carpark in her Volkswagen Touareg SUV around 11.56 pm and drove south along French Street, where she stopped at the traffic light before turning right onto Wrightson Road, travelling west. When she got to the traffic light at the intersection just outside the Jean Pierre Complex, Seetahal made a right onto Hamilton Holder Street headed north. However, just a few hundred metres along the road she was blocked by two vehicles at the WYF around 12.05 am, and gunmen got out and shot her several times.

Prominent Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal was shot at close range with a small-calibre handgun and not a high-powered rifle as was previously reported, her autopsy revealed yesterday. According to well-placed police sources close to the investigation, Seetahal was shot five times by her assailants. According to the sources, Seetahal was shot twice in the right side of her head, twice in the right forearm and once in the chest. Her killer/s was so close to her that gunpowder residue was found on her clothing. 

 

Seetahal was shot first in the arm as she attempted to protect herself from the bullets by raising it to block her face. Contacted last evening, lead investigator in the matter, ACP Wayne Dick, told the T&T Guardian he would meet again with his men today and had “nothing new” to add. Asked about the disparity in the type of ammunition initially reported to the media by the police, Dick said he never gave any information about the calibre of ammunition, as that would have meant he would have been on the crime scene and contaminated it, which as head of the Homicide Bureau he would never do.

 

It was widely reported throughout the media yesterday that 5.56 ammunition was used in the precision attack. That information was provided by officers who responded to the scene Sunday morning. But inside sources said yesterday such ammunition could not have been used given the condition of Seetahal’s body. High-powered rifles would have blown away chunks of flesh from the former magistrate’s face, they said. However, Seetahal’s face was not badly damaged, according to descriptions given by those who saw the body after the killing. 
According to reports, shortly before midnight Saturday, Seetahal left the Ma Pau casino car park on French Street, Port-of-Spain, before driving onto Wrightson Road and later turning north onto Hamilton Holder Street, Woodbrook. Police said as she approached the Woodbrook Youth Facility, she was blocked by two vehicles, whose occupants came out and shot her.