Schools supervisor found hanging
Tuesday, May 13 2014
POLICE are investigating the circumstances surrounding the hanging death of Harold Seupaul, a Schools Supervisor II with the Ministry of Education.
Seupaul, 59, was assigned to the St George East Education Division and previously worked as a schools supervisor in the South Eastern and Caroni divisions.
At about 8.30 am on Saturday, Seupaul, a respected lay minister of the Presbyterian Church and former chairman of the Presbyterian Primary Schools Board, was found hanging from a rafter in a room downstairs his home at Seupaul Crescent, Damarie Hill, Guaico, Sangre Grande by his sons, Kellion, and Harold Jr.
According to a police report, Seupaul had an argument with a female relative allegedly over his drinking habits when he removed a bunch of keys for downstairs the house and disappeared.
When he was found, an alarm was raised and police officers later arrived on the scene. The District Medical Officer viewed the body and ordered the removal to the mortuary of the Sangre Grande District Hospital to be transferred to the Forensic Science Centre, St James for an autopsy. Newsday was told that on Friday, Seupaul spent most of his day interviewing teaching candidates at the Teaching Service Commission, Port-of-Spain.
Seupaul was due to retire in August and was expected to proceed on pre-retirement leave soon. It was only two months ago that Seupaul resigned from his position as chairman of the Presbyterian Primary Schools Board. He often preached at the Sangre Chiquito Presybetrian Church. A church official said members remained baffled not only by his death, but that he took his own life.
He said, “It is a shock to all of us. No one expected that from him as he is a senior member of the church.”
Cpl Garcia of Sangre Grande Police Station is continuing investigations.