Linden COI Commissioner gunned down in Trinidad

Gunned Down: Senior Counsel, Dana Seetahal


Gunned Down: Senior Counsel, Dana Seetahal
Gunned Down: Senior Counsel, Dana Seetahal

[] – Senior Counsel, Dana Seetahal was gunned down in Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday morning, (May 4).

Seetahal sat on the Linden Commission of Inquiry (COI) in Guyana in 2013. Reports out of Trinidad state that at about 12:05 a.m. Seetahal was in her Volkswagen SUV proceeding north along Hamilton-Holder street, Woodbrook when upon reaching the vicinity of the Woodbrook Youth Club two vehicles pulled alongside her causing her to come to a stop.

One of the vehicles, a Nissan Wingroad, then drove ahead a short distance and pulled across the road, blocking it. The other vehicle which was described as a panel van pulled alongside and the occupants of that vehicle pulled out their firearms and opened fire on the SUV.

The two vehicles then sped off and made good their escape. Residents of the area, on hearing the gunshots contacted the police and emergency health services. However, despite their swift response, when they arrived, the senior counsel was dead — slumped along her driver’s seat.

The first responders notified their seniors and a party of officers including ACP Wayne Dick, Senior Superintendent Ishmael David, Acting ASP Williams, Inspector Thomas, Inspector Veronique,

Inspector Lawrence, and Inspector Rampersad, among others, visited the scene. Crime scene investigators recovered several 5.62 shells at the scene.

The scene of the shooting.
The scene of the shooting.

Police are currently working on two theories as a result of this killing. The first, and most prominent, is that because of the nature of the incident it was a “hit” arising out of the Senior Counsel’s involvement in the Vindra Naipaul-Coolman case.

The other theory is that she allegedly was on her way home after spending some time in a casino.





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