Eleven to appear in court over Seetahal’s murder
Port of Spain, Trinidad – Eleven men will appear in the Port of Spain Magistrate’s Eighth Court tomorrow, charged with the murder of prominent attorney Dana Seetahal.
Seetahal was murdered in the early hours of May 4, 2014 as she left a casino.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Glenn Hackett, who was the lead investigator into Seetahal’s murder, identified the 11 as Rajaee Ali, 29; Davough Cummings, 29; Ishmael Ali, 30; Ricardo Steward, 30; Earl Richards, 48; Stephan Cummings, 33; Gareth Wiseman, 33; Hamid Ali, 24; Kevin Parkinson, 28; Leston Gonzales, 25 and Roget Boucher, 29.
Rajaee Ali has been charged with being a gang leader, while the other ten accused have been charged with being members of a gang.
DCP Hackett noted that security measures have already been put in place to ensure that the men will be brought to court and leave the premises incident free.
“We have made the requisite arrangements for security and so on with respect to the appearance of these men on that day. So members of the public minded to arrive in droves at the court will be met by a stringent security barricade, and this is especially for persons coming in to court for no apparent reasons,” DCP Hackett noted.
These 11 men are the only people to be charged with the murder of Seetahal based on evidence procured by the investigative team in this matter. However Hackett assured the media that the case will be reopened if needed.
He also confirmed that in relation to the case, three other people were charged for being members of the gang under the Anti Gang legislation.
They are: Dion Peters, 35; David Hector, 35; and Stacy Griffith, 29. Griffith, who is the second wife of Rajaee Ali, is facing an additional charge of committing an act for the benefit of a gang.
They will also appear tomorrow before the Eighth Court.
Jamaat al Muslimeen Leader Yasin Abu Bakr was arrested earlier this week in connection with the murder.
But DCP Hackett said Bakr, along with four other men – Imam Hassan Ali, Keston Seales, Kedon Forde and Keston Modeste – were questioned and released without charge following investigations.