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Cop's brother shot dead

By Rickie Ramdass rickie.ramdass@trinidadexpress.com

THE younger brother of Sgt Michael Seales, secretary of the Police Service Social and Welfare Association, was murdered yesterday morning a short distance from his St Joseph home.

The death of Mwali Seales, 27, has left both the police and those who knew him baffled as to why anyone would want him dead.

It was around 6.45 a.m. that Seales, a security officer at the Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) Mall in Curepe, was walking along Agostini Street when he was ambushed, said police.

Investigators said around 5.30 a.m., Seales left his home, which he shared with his girlfriend, to go to his place of work. It was unclear why he was still in the area at the time of his murder, said officers.

Investigators said Seales, a father of three, was walking along the roadway when he was confronted by several men.

The men, police said, opened fire on Seales, hitting him five times about the body.

Upon hearing the shots, several residents noticed the gunmen running from the scene of the crime.

They later found Seales lying face-down in a drain at the side of the road. He was killed instantly.

His killing has pushed the murder toll for the year so far to 68, according to an Express tally.

Investigators said they did not have a motive for the killing and also ruled out robbery as Seales was left in possession of his personal belongings.

A team of officers from St Joseph Police Station, led by Snr Supt David Abraham and including ASP Hosein, Insp Maraj, Sgt Hernandez and WPC Castillo, visited the scene and carried out enquiries.

Sgt Seales, who was also at the scene, spoke briefly with reporters. He said he could not understand the motive behind his brother's killing.

He said he was unaware of his brother being involved in any illegal activities, describing him as "an easy-going person".

Sgt Seales said he was also calling on members of the public who may have information that could lead to the arrest and prosecution of people responsible for carrying out the murder and other crimes to co-operate with the police and provide that information.

Homicide officers are continuing enquiries into the incident.

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