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The man who pumped five bullets, at
close range, into the head and body of Sen-
ior Counsel Dana Seetahal has been iden-
tified as one of three men killed in a police
shootout at Freeport on Wednesday.
Senior police officers who are directly
involved in Seetahal s murder probe con-
firmed yesterday that David "Junior" Baker,
28, was one of the key suspects involved in
the well-planned assassination.
The officers spoke on the strict condition
of anonymity as they were not authorised
to disclose the sensitive information relating
to the case.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime)
Glenn Hackett offered no comment when
questioned about Baker s involvement in
Seetahal s murder yesterday.
But police said Baker s death has not seri-
ously impacted on their investigations into
Commenting on the development, See-
tahal s sister, Susan Francois, the director
of the Financial Intelligence Unit, said:
"If he (Baker) was one of the person s
involved then I would hope the police would
move speedily to get the others involved
and bring them to justice.
"Do they want a repeat of the Selwyn
Richardson result?" she asked.
Richardson, 59, a former attorney general
and minister of national security, was shot
dead by two hitmen in his Cascade driveway
on June 20, 1995.
Two men identified as his assassins,
Jamaat al Muslimeen members Abdul Quadir
and Curtis Felix, were both themselves mur-
dered days after Richardson s killing. No
one has ever been brought to justice for
Richardson s killing.
Seetahal, 58, who worked closely with
the Office of the Director of Public Pros-
ecutions as the lead prosecutor for several
high-profile cases, was ambushed shorly
after midnight on May 4 along Hamilton
Holder Street, Woodbrook, as she made her
way to her One Woodbrook Place apartment.
She also worked closely with the United
States Embassy giving advice on key pro-
posals to reform the criminal justice sys-
Seetahal s murder sent shockwaves across
the criminal justice system, crippling key
office-holders with fear and prompting act-
ing Commissioner of Police Stephen
Williams to assemble one of the most diverse
and experienced investigative teams to solve
it. Williams is on record as saying Seetahal s
murder is the number one priority of the
The team includes personnel from the
Homicide Bureau, Criminal Gang Intelligence
Unit, Cyber Crime Unit, Special Branch and
the Strategic Services Agency.
The investigators are being assisted by
data analysts and other technical experts,
including agents from the United States s
Federal Bureau of Investigations and other
experts from the United Kingdom.
Within hours of Seetahal s murder
CrimeStoppers offered a $1 million bounty
for information leading to the successful
arrest and prosecution of those responsible
for her murder.
That figure was increased to $3.5 million
by the Government. That reward remains
Police said Baker, originally of Petra Cres-
cent, La Horquetta, moved out of his home-
town in early May, days after Seetahal s
murder and sought refuge at Kurban Ali
Drive, Calcutta #2, with his girlfriend, one-
year-old child and nephew Kareem
Baker, Edwards, 19, and Reuben Richins,
23, were killed when members of the North
Eastern Task Force raided the Freeport apart-
ment on Wednesday night. All three men
were from La Horquetta.
Two illegal guns---a .38 revolver and a .45
pistol---were recovered by police along with
two bullet-proof vests.
Baker was wanted in both the Northern
and Central Divisions for questioning in at
least two other murders, for rape and a string
of shooting incidents, police investigators
Investigations said as far back as August
12, 2006, Baker was charged with robbing
Cpl David Springer, the then official driver
of the Commissioner of Police Trevor Paul,
of a $7,000 gold chain at gunpoint at the
Triangle Bar, La Horquetta.
That charge was eventually dismissed as
Springer did not give evidence.
As a result of the robbery incident, police
raided Baker s Petra Crescent home, where
a tec-9 sub-machine gun was recovered.
His mother, Joan, an employee at the Port
Authority, and sisters---Khadine and Kadisha
Prince---then both employees at a telephone
company, were also held and charged, along
with Baker (David), with the unlawful pos-
session of the firearms and ammunition.
The status of that case could not be ascer-
Police investigators said Baker was also
wanted for questioning in the January 15
murder of Jabari Thompson, of Phase Four,
La Horquetta. Thompson was shot dead after
being chased by gunmen along Evans Reece
Lane, Phase Four, La Horquetta. The victim s
brother, Gerald Thompson, was also shot in
that incident but survived.
Northern Division Homicide police said
Baker was also linked to the murder of Fabian
"Zoltan" London, 46, who was shot
moments after leaving the Arima Magistrates
Court on May 1 last year. Another man has
been charged with London s murder.
Freeport raid brings surprise for cops..
Investigations have so far revealed
that Seetahal was followed after she left
the Ma Pau casino on Tragarete Road,
Woodbrook, and was ambushed near the
Woodbrook Youth Facility and killed.
Police said a panel van, which had
been parked near the Woodbrook Youth
Facility, blocked her path, and two men,
one armed with an assault rifle and
another with a handgun, walked up to
her Volkswagen Touareg.
The man with the machine gun fired
several shots in the air, leaving behind
close to 15 spent 5.56 ammunition shells,
while the other, now identified as Baker,
stood near the driver's door and fired
repeatedly at his target.
Forensic analysis of the scene revealed
that the shots were fired so close that
gunpowder residue was found on
Seetahal's face and clothing.
DETAILS OF HIT
FLASHBACK: Crime Scene Investigators at the murder scene of Senior Counsel Dana
Seetahal at Hamilton-Holder Street, Woodbrook, in May. PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
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