The killing of Shannon Banfield …IAM EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH MURDER

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Former IAM and Company employee, Dale Seecharan, has been charged with the murder of Republic Bank employee, Shannon Banfield. He will appear before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate on Tuesday afternoon.

Seecharan, 38, was picked up by police on Monday night as investigators revealed they had received fresh evidence into the death of the 20-year-old Santa Cruz resident.

Seecharan was charged on Tuesday morning after police visited Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard for new directions.

Seecharan, who was arrested on two previous occasions and released, was detained at about 9 p.m. on Monday at his home in St Helena, by officers of the Homicide Bureau of Investigations.

He was then taken to the Central Police Station, Port of Spain.

The suspect was arrested as a result of fresh evidence which police received over the weekend.

Seecharan was arrested on December 8, but after four days in custody, he was released. He was rearrested four hours later at his home. He was released again two days later. Seecharan was employed at IAM and Company, but has since been relieved of his duties.

Shannon last seen alive on December 5 entering IAM and Company building on Charlotte Street, Port of Spain.

She was captured on CCTV cameras in the building interacting with several persons, including a man and a woman.

She was then seen walking up the stairs to the upper floor of the building, going to use the washroom.

But there is no recording of her returning on the ground floor or leaving the building.

Her mother, Sherry Ann Lopez, made a report to officers of the Santa Cruz Police Station at about 12.05 a.m. on December 6, indicating that she had failed to return home and that when her phone was called, strange voices were heard on the line.

The search for Shannon ended tragically around 2 p.m. on December 8, when her decomposing body was found on the third floor of the IAM and Company building. Her body was placed under several boxes. Items she bought from Pennywise Store, her lunch kit and shoes, were found near the body.

An autopsy performed by Dr Hughvon Des Vignes revealed Shannon was smothered to death.





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