Today marks five years since Dana Seetahal SC was assassinated in Woodbrook.
In a tribute of her work, Justice Gillian Lucky spoke of the new measures implemented by the Judiciary “resulting in faster procedures” in the criminal justice arena.
“Dana it’s five years now that you were killed and yes there is a backlog still,
But great news Dana, your light was seen,
And a new plea bargaining law began in 2019,” Lucky said.
A small group attended the event — A Necessary Voice- readings from the columns 1997-2014. It was organised by Friends of Mr Biswas, in collaboration with NALIS and Seetahals’ family, held a memorial at the Law Association’s office on Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain.
Lucky also spoke about “many tools” put in place by the Chief Justice such as the Maximum Sentence Indications and Criminal Procedure Rules to speed up the delivery of justice in the criminal justice system.
“I know that in heaven you are looking on anxiously…Ensuring that justice in our land is delivered swiftly…Yes Dana, my friend, you left us your legacy…Thank you for your vision for a better, safer country,” Lucky said.
President Paula-Mae Weekes after reading from one of Seetahal’s columns recalled their time at the Office of the DPP.
“We began at DPP together. There were not many women there at that time and we considered ourselves the fearless females of the DPP department. Now you see my size I could afford to be fearless, but Dana was just like a jep, and I must say to some extent I patterned her as we went through criminal courts wreaking havoc. We were taking nothing from anybody, far less any male attorney-at-law.”
Seetahal was murdered in the early hours of May 4, 2014, after leaving the Mau Pau casino in Woodbrook. Reports on the incident stated that Seetahal was ambushed by attackers in two vehicles at the corner of Hamilton Holder Street and O’Connor Street, Woodbrook, and shot to death at close range with a handgun.
The preliminary inquiry of the ten men – Rajaee Ali and nine members of his gang - charged with the crime is still ongoing in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates Court.