Man charged with killing Shannon Banfield back in court

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 04:30

Almost three months after Republic Bank Limited employee Shannon Banfield was murdered, the preliminary inquiry into her killing is yet to commence.

Dale Seecharan yesterday made his fourth appearance in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates’ Court since being charged with the crime on December 19 last year.

Yesterday’s hearing was brief as prosecutors are yet to file and serve the witness statements and evidence they plan to use for Seecharan’s preliminary inquiry and eventual trial.

During his previous hearings, his attorney Larry Williams, had complained about the slow pace of prosecutors in the case and their failure to disclose evidence against his client in a timely manner.

Williams had stated that the delay affected the start of the inquiry and his ability to prepare Seecharan’s defence.

Seecharan will next appear in court on April 3.

Seecharan, a former employee of IAM Ltd, is accused of murdering Banfield between December 4 and December 9, last year.

Banfield, of Santa Cruz, went missing on December 5, after leaving work at RBL’s Promenade Centre around 4 pm. Although she told her mother she would travel home after going to Pennywise and IAM on Charlotte Street, she did not make it home.

Four days later, her decomposing body was found in the storeroom of IAM by employees. A post-mortem revealed that she had been smothered.

Seecharan, 36, surrendered to police hours after her body was discovered but was released and rearrested on two occasions before he was eventually charged with the crime.