Cops: No update
By DARCEL CHOY Thursday, May 15 2014
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Police yesterday gave no update on the investigation into the murder of Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal.
Seetahal, 59, was killed during an ambush at Hamilton Holder Street, Woodbrook, on her way home at One Woodbrook Place from Ma Pau casino, early on the morning of May 4 last..
At the weekly press briefing, Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) Public Information Officer, Inspector Wayne Mystar when asked, “are there any updates in terms of the investigation,” he said, “The Commissioner of Police made a pronouncement on that matter, and it stands the same. We continue to work assiduously on that investigation. as soon as we have meaningful updates, we will inform the media.”
This follows reports in the Sunday Newsday that a 30-year-old man was held at an Arima house on Saturday night in connection to the murder. The Express newspaper also reported that four men were held.
However, Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams, Assistant Commissioner of Police Wayne Dick, the head of the Homicide Investigations Bureau, and National Security Minister Gary Griffith, all said the reports were inaccurate, and no suspect had been detained.
Mystar, in response, sought to caution the media about their sources.
“Our weekly press briefing, at some time, the Commissioner of Police will make an appearance and the public information officers are the official sources of information being disseminated from the TTPS,” he said.
When contacted yesterday Griffith again said he could not reveal any information on a matter that was under investigation.
“I am laising with the Commissioner of Police and the investigation is ongoing, and it has not been stalled in any way. The matter is not a closed case and the law enforcement agencies are fully in control of the situation,” he said.
He said it was “very unfortunate” that law enforcement officers saw it fit to give information to the media, and that was why, individuals were only being given information on the investigation, “on a need to know basis”.
“When everybody knows everything, you get leaks,” Griffith said.
The minister said he has been laising with international allies who have stated their willingness to assist in the investigation when required.
In a statement issued yesterday, the Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (DOMA) suggested that the $3.5 million reward offered to anyone whose information would lead to an arrest and conviction of those responsible for Seetahal’s murder, be given to the police officers who solve the crime.
Griffith said he understands DOMA’s concept, but he wants to hold off on trying to reward officers for doing their jobs. He said it comes down to greater remuneration for police officers. He said the reward was for citizens who were “stepping out of their crease” to give this information.