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for 01ST AUGUST, 2015
Mohini Ganase said yesterday that she
shot and killed prison officer Robert Seecha-
ran in self defence because she felt he was
going to kill her mother Sherry-Ann Seecha-
She said Seecharan was in a state of drunk-
eness last Wednesday when he attacked both
she and her mother and she shot him with
his own firearm at a stage when she thought
he was about to take her mother s life.
Ganase made the statement yesterday during
a press conference at attorney Gerald
Ramdeen s Harris Street, San Fernando offices,
after she and her mother were released from
custody without charge in the case.
After an emotional reunion with her mother
at the San Fernando Homicide Division on
Coffee Street, San Fernando, Ganase said
after Seecharan attacked both her mother
and herself, she had no choice but to take
the course of action she eventually took. She
said Seecharan, after turning on her as well,
had again began beating her mother and
threatening to kill her. She said realising her
mother s life was in danger she rushed to her
"She was on the ground and he was still
kicking her and knocking her head on the
rim," she said in a small voice.
"He had the gun pointed at her and saying
he going to kill her and then us."
Ganase said she fought to take the gun away
from Seecharan and eventually succeeded.
"I get the gun and I just pull the trigger,"
Asked what was going through her mind
at the time, she said, "I thought he was going
to kill my mother, she was bleeding and he
was not stopping hitting her."
Moment before, an emotional Sherry-Ann
also recounted the events that led to her hus-
band s death.
"We were coming from the beach and
Robert was drunk and driving very badly," she
"He pulled over and I stopped too and he
come out the car and started cursing me, then
Mohini ask him why he talking to me like
"He went over to her side and started slap-
ping her through the car window, then he
open the door and drag her out."
She said Seecharan beat her (Sherry-Ann)
so badly she began to black out.
"He had me on the ground and was pounding
my head against the (car) rim. I kinda of lost
away and then I heard the gunshot and saw
him fall back."
Seecharan said she contacted the police and
when officers arrived a short time later she told
them it was she who had shot Seecharan.
"The EHS was there and I thought Seecha-
ran was alive. The police ask what happened
and I said I shot Seecharan."
The mother of four said she never hesitated
to take the blame for Seecharan s death because
she did not want to see any of her children
"When they took me to the station I lied
again, I told them I shot him. I thought my
children would have had time to get home by
Little did she know then that both of her
daughters were at the same police station
being interrogated by investigators.
"About two o clock in the morning, then I
saw them in the station and I asked the police
what my children was doing there. He said
they were in for questioning."
Five years of abuse
Seecharan gave advice to other women cur-
rently in abusive relationships.
"Don t be like me, I was a coward to let
this reach so far. If I didn t lose a husband,
me and my children might have been dead.
"Look for help somewhere. I take five years
of this and if he didn t die I don t know what
I would have been taking again."
Ramdeen gave out copies of a statement
Sherry-Ann made during her time in custody,
which outlined instances of abuse against her
Recalling one incident from January this
year, she said, "Every time Robert drink he
does get violent and threaten to kill me and
I know he could do it cause he always boasting
how he does beat big strong criminal in the
jail and have them begging and a woman is
Ramdeen urged authorities against giving
firearms to prisons officers willy-nilly.
"This was clearly a case of what happened
on the job continuing at home. This is the
end result of a prison s officer being given a
firearm willy-nilly," Ramdeen said.
He also called for proper psychiatric eval-
uation for any member of the protective serv-
ices being issued a firearm.
"In this case, this was not the first time
Seecharan threatened to use the same firearm
on Mrs Seecharan. Here you had a loaded
firearm being carried around in a purse, being
used to threaten lives and eventually being
used in the death of one man. This is a wake-
up call for the authorities."
He, however, called his client s release a
victory for the justice system.
"Today the justice system has worked and
won. I want to pay tribute to the office of the
DPP. The law has been compassionate and
allowed them both to go free."
ster" Selby, the only sur-
viving member of a trio
of prison escapees, will
be charged for the mur-
der of police constable
PC Sherman Maynard.
Selby, 30, is also
expected to be charged
for the daring escape
from the Frederick Street,
Port-of-Spain prison and
several other offences.
He is expected to
appear in the Port-of-
Spain Magistrates Court
today to face the charges.
The T&T Guardian
was informed yesterday
that Director of Public
Prosecutions (DPP) Roger
Gaspard met with and
advised the police officers
investigating the case to
lay the charges against
Selby, along with fellow
prisoners Allan "Scanny"
Martin, 42, and Hasan
Atwell, 41, shot their way
out of the Port-of-Spain
Mom: I told cops I did it
After daughter freed of killing husband...
prison on July 24, killing
Maynard as they did so
and throwing the city into
chaos as police and the
army went into lockdown
Maynard was shot in
the front seat passenger
side of a police vehicle as
he and two other col-
leagues were doing sentry
duty outside the prison.
He died of his injuries
while undergoing emer-
Martin was shot dead
moments after he bolted,
after he was cornered in
the security guard booth
at the Port-of-Spain
Atwell, who went on
the lam for two days, was
discovered shot several
times in the back and
body at Calvary Hill, East
Dry River, Port-of-Spain.
He is believed to have
been killed by members
of the Rasta City gang.
Selby surrendered to
the police at the Barataria
Police Station on Sunday.
(See Page A5)
with cop's murder
Members of the Malick Folk Performers perform an African dance during the Emancipation Eucharist
service at the Trinity Cathedral, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
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