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Dana’s SUV sold for $115,000 at auction

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Sunday, January 31, 2016
Public auctioneer Edward Soon, left, speaks with bidder Jason Seepersad during the auction of murdered senior counsel Dana Seetahal’s Volkswagen Touareg SUV, outside the El Dorado Chambers, St Vincent Street, Port-of Spain, yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ

The sport utility vehicle (SUV) inside which senior counsel Dana Seetahal was murdered went under the auction hammer and was sold for $115,000 yesterday.

There were no bullet holes, and the colour of Seetahal’s pristine condition Volkswagen Touareg SUV, registration number PCN 6, was changed from the original light blue to light grey.

But there were no takers when auctioneer Edward Soon started the public auction at $180,000 among just five bidders at Seetahal’s former law office, El Dorado Chambers, on St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain. 

The vehicle was eventually “resold” for $115,000 to the successful bidder, Mark Pantin, from Mt Lambert. 

Soon called for any higher offers than $115,000 as the hammer was raised for a second time and one of the bidders said they were waiting for a call before the hammer came down.

Soon was forced to restart the auction sale when Jason Seepersad placed an earlier bid for the vehicle for $120,000, but subsequently declined, saying he did not want to pay the additional ten per cent charges.

Pantin paid a ten per cent downpayment for the SUV and was expected to pay the balance tomorrow.

One of the unsuccessful bidders said if the deal fell through and Pantin could not honour his commitment, he would take the SUV and pay Soon with cash tomorrow.

Speaking to reporters after the auction, Seetahal’s sister Susan Francois, the director of the Financial Intelligence Unit, said: “It’s a very emotional time. It brings back a lot of memories, but I am glad that it is sold because the proceeds from the sale actually goes to the staff who worked in her office.

“So of course for that reason we wanted the best price that we could possibly get.

“I’m glad that it is final and in a sense that episode is closed.” 

According to Seetahal’s will, her vehicle is to be sold and the proceeds divided among the staff who were employed with her for more than a year.

When Francois was asked if she was satisfied with the price her sister’s SUV was sold at and whether she was disappointed at the low turnout at the auction, she said the people who were interested came, there were several offers and the auctioneer accepted what he considered was the best offer. 

Also present were Kenrick Seetahal, Seetahal’s uncle, other family members, friends and former staff such as Darryl Lewis, her personal assistant.

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