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Paper committal proceedings
against Police Service Social and
Welfare Association president Insp
Michael Seales are expected to be
completed by the end of June.
Seales' case came up for hearing in
the Port-of-Spain Magistrates' Court
yesterday for the first time since em-
battled former chief magistrate Marcia
Ayers-Caesar resigned last month to
become a High Court judge.
Although the Judiciary announced
that Ayers-Caesar would be reap-
pointed to her post to complete unfin-
ished cases following her resignation
last week, Seales' case would be heard
before acting Chief Magistrate Maria
Busby-Earle-Caddle as it did not start
During yesterday's hearing, Bus-
by-Earle-Caddle asked State prosecu-
tors to indicate the status of witnesses
in the case.
She was informed that there were
17 witnesses but that the Office of the
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)
still had to file and serve most of their
statements to Seales' defence attor-
neys. They also said that three of the
witnesses would not give evidence via
sworn statements and would have to
attend court to testify.
Seales' lawyer Owen Hinds Jr in-
formed the court which of the wit-
nesses he wished to cross-examine.
Busby-Earle-Caddle then reserved
June 28 and 29 for hearings of the
proceedings. After the hearings are
complete, Busby-Earle-Caddle will
decide whether the State had present-
ed sufficient evidence against Seales
and whether he should be eventually
tried in the High Court.
Seales is accused of making the sedi-
tious statement on June 24, 2015, dur-
ing a live interview on TV6 Morning
Edition. He had claimed there was
then an alleged plot by the People's
Partnership government to frustrate
the Police Service to react in such a
way that there would be a need for a
state of emergency, thereby stalling
the September 7 general election lat-
er that year.
Seales made the comment during
the heightened wage negotiations and
was suspended the following day by
acting Police Commissioner Stephen
Williams. However he continues to
serve in his position in the association.
Seales is also being represented by
Pamela Elder, SC.
Seales back in court
on sedition charges...
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Arts Centre in San Fernando, on Sunday night.
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Santa Cruz man charged with neighbour's murder
A man from Santa
Cruz appeared in court
with murdering his
neighbour last month.
ram, of Pipiol Road, San-
ta Cruz, was remanded
into custody after ap-
pearing before acting
Chief Magistrate Maria
the Port-of-Spain Mag-
istrates' Court charged
with murdering Court-
Joseph was shot dead
near his home at Crown
Trace, Santa Cruz, on
the court in a white
vest and was immedi-
ately ordered by Bus-
return to the court's
holding cells to put on a
He was returned to the
court minutes later and
read the charge to him.
As part of the recent-
ly introduced Criminal
Procedure Rule, which
governs the conduct
of criminal cases, Bus-
whether his client
wished to raise a defence.
Clarke-Wills said his
client would be relying
on an alibi, but did not
reveal any additional
She then called on
court prosecutor Insp
Winston Dillon to give
an update on the status
of the case.
Dillon said the State
would be relying on 12
witnesses in the case
and that a State prosecu-
tor would be appointed
when investigators hand
over their file to the Of-
fice of the Director of
(DPP) in three weeks
Mannickram will re-
appear in court on May
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