Wednesday, January 17, 2018

‘Rely on police for accurate updates’

AFTER more than 250 hours and the offer of a $3.5 million incentive, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) has not held anyone in connection with the murder of Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal.

Around 12.05 a.m. on May 4, Seetahal was driving her Volkswagen SUV when she was gunned down along O’Connor Street in Woodbrook.

Seetahal had left Ma Pau Members Club, at the corner of French Street and Ariapita Avenue, minutes before she was murdered.

She was on her way to her One Woodbrook Place home.

Speaking at the weekly police press briefing yesterday at the Police Administration Building in Port of Spain, public information officer Inspector Wayne Mystar said the TTPS was “working assiduously” to solve the case.

“It stands the same, we continue to work assiduously on that information. As soon as we have any meaningful updates we will inform the media as it relates to that incident,” he said when asked for an update.

It was widely reported at the weekend four people had been arrested in Diego Martin and Arima during a series of police exercises last Saturday night in relation to the investigation into Seetahal’s death.

National Security Minister Gary Griffith and acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams have both denied those reports, which had come from police intelligence sources.

Mystar yesterday urged citizens to rely only on the information presented by “official” police sources about the investigation.

“You will appreciate the fact that our weekly press briefing, in which sometimes the Commissioner will make an appearance...the public information officers, we are the official sources of information being disseminated from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, so we are not responsible as it relates to journalists who will probably have a police source somewhere that will give them information, so we want to let members of the public know that information, the official source from the TTPS, will come from the public information officers, and the Commissioner of Police and whoever he may designate from time to time to communicate with the media,” he said.