26 Jul 2015

More Questions than answers

After some 14 months passed since the death of Dana Seetahal, the dunceys have finally made a ‘breakthrough’ and arrested 11 persons.

DCP Hackett told reporters this was the most challenging case of his career.

“This case stands out as the most challenging case I've ever worked on. Apart from employing in the investigation new techniques we have been exposed to, what became our greatest challenge was coordinating and synchronising the technological aspect of this investigation. This new technology we had to employ… we had to seek help from international law enforcement agencies in putting together a coherent and cohesive technological case with respect to the charges laid against those persons,” Hackett said.

He also showered praise on all the officers and agencies involved that assisted in the investigations.

“I would like to express my deepest appreciation to DPP Roger Gaspard SC for his invaluable legal advice in this matter. I would also like to thank the commissioner of police Stephen Williams for all his support, logistical and otherwise in this matter and to all other law enforcement agencies, both local and international, for their assistance rendered to TTPS during the course of this investigation.

“I would like to thank all the units, sections, branches of the TTPS that contributed to the success of these investigations. Including the Homicide Bureau, the Special Branch, the CGIU, the Cyber-crime unit, amongst others. And I want to express gratitude to each member of the team of investigators charged with the responsibility for the conduct of this investigation. In particular for their exemplary devotion and dedication to duty.

“Additionally I would like to thank ACP Wayne Dick for the contribution he made to this investigation prior to his embarkation on vacation leave. Special mention must also be made to the diligence of Superintendent Kenrick Edwards, and ASP Christopher of the CGIU, as well as Superintendent Ancel Corbet, ASP Rampersad and Inspect Michael Veronique,” Hackett said.

Pay attention to those words above. Now pay attention to the words of the brother of Dana Seetahal, Omar Seetahal:

Speaking with the Sunday Express by telephone yesterday evening, Seetahal said crime has been on the rise in recent days. He referred to the murder of four members of a Chatham family shortly after one of them reported information of a crime to the police. He noted that this and other matters have contributed to the erosion of public confidence in the police service, and suggested that a press briefing held yesterday at Police Administration Building in Port of Spain to announce the charges for 11 men, was more about restoring the police image than about justice for his sister.

“When I looked at the news briefing, a good half of the briefing was spent by the DCP praising various departments of the police force and thanking them for their help in the matter, talking about how hard they worked and all that, as though the matter has been solved and they have gotten a conviction,” he said.

“They talked about how competent they were in this matter and how complex this matter was and how they had to use modern cutting-edge technology to solve this matter. I find that a little odd that they are acting like the matter has now come to a conclusion.”

Seetahal also suggested that the 11 men charged had no motive to want to kill his sister and that there was more to investigate.

“These 11 people, nine of them are in their twenties, most of them are from Carapo, what do they have to benefit from Dana's death?” he asked. “What would they have killed Dana for? I'm not saying they didn't but why would they have done it? Therefore the question has to be asked if they have gotten all the people involved.”

These words resonate with me, especially since the conviction rate in murder is an abysmal 1% of the 6% (USA verified) arrest rate. And by arrest rate I mean the investigation, arrest and ‘solving’ of the crime. It’s useful to document these words in this blog, because 4 or 5 years from now, when the trial collapses, I can look back and know that once more, the dunceys were smack on the money… upholding their less than sterling reputations.

And speaking of less than sterling reputations, the mother of deceased PC Maynard has asked the question no law enforcement official has asked about the jail-break on Friday… “How were the escapees armed?”

“I wonder how they (the escaped prisoners) came out of the prison armed. It’s a jail. You can’t have people coming out with a firearm. There must be prison officers in the jail and they must have made certain observations or made certain searches. I don’t know...what I believe is that if there was more security, may­be this would have been avoided,” Abraham said.

It’s an embarrassing question, and certainly not one the dunceys will bring up in public. The other question I have is, “Did Prison Officer(s) supply the arms?”

[Acting CoP Stephen] Williams also sent condolences to the family of the slain officer, PC Sherman Maynard. He added that he had no information on how the prisoners were able to escape and declined to comment further saying it is an on-going investigation.

Observe: 1) As usual, he is clueless, and 2) He falls back on the usual excuse of ‘an on-going investigation so no comment’.

Rock Crawlers were not happy with Gibbs and Ewatski who actually had the crime rate reducing and had well-planned long-term objectives. Instead, they bleated for ‘a local who understand dey culture’ and the result is plenty of chest thumping, plenty of sound bites (which appears dotish coming from Williams who sounds illiterate in the first place).

There’s more on these two stories to come, I’m sure.