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Dana’s inquiry continues apace

By Nalinee Seelal Wednesday, June 11 2014

Head of the Homicide Bureau, Assistant Police Commissioner, Wayne Dick, who was scheduled to proceed on 14 months leave from Monday had his leave deferred, pending a successful completion of the inquiry into the fatal shooting of State Prosecutor Dana Seetahal.

Newsday understands that due to the sensitive nature of the inquiry, a decision was taken to defer the leave of Dick so that it will give him enough time to complete the inquiry, and bring it to a successful completion.

Dick who has been supervising a team of specially selected Homicide officers to probe the fatal shooting of Seetahal which occurred on May 4 last, has already indicated publicly that he is intent on being very successful in this inquiry, and will leave no stone unturned as he seeks to bring the perpetrators to justice.

“This is one case I can safely say there is no room for failure,” said Dick in an interview with Newsday.

Newsday understands that Dick had taken the decision to have a media blackout on information pertaining to the status of the murder inquiry, and the newest information which was revealed to Newsday was that suspects have been identified, and the office of the DPP was now being asked to assist officers in advising them how to plug any legal loopholes, before any prosecution takes place.

Newsday understands at least four persons have already been profiled as being involved in the shooting death, although there was one shooter.

Police have been using state-of-the-art technology, and surveillance to assist them in this probe, and officers are confident of a successful prosecution.

Newsday understands that because of the status of the inquiry, the Act Commissioner, Stephen Williams, decided to defer leave of Dick until arrests are made.

Sources revealed that it was felt that to place another investigator to oversee the Dana Seetahal murder inquiry, will put a strain on the progress of the investigations. As a result, Dick was asked to stay on for a little while longer.

Dick attended a conference at the Raddison Hotel along with other Assistant Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners on Monday, and yesterday he was attending an executive conference at the police administration building.

Efforts to reach Williams for comment on the decision to defer the leave of Dick, proved futile.

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