“Who kill my children?” wailed Geeta Seebran, 64, outside the San Fernando High Court on Monday shortly after a Point Fortin man was found not guilty of the 2005 murders of her two sons, Neil and Nigel Seebran.
The prosecution’s case was that four years after the murders Kareem Guadeloupe confessed to the police the role he played in the murders.
At his trial, he claimed the police tricked him into signing a confession statement on the belief that he would be allowed to go home to his family.
After a month-long trial in the Second Criminal Court before Justice Lisa Ramsumair-Hinds, the 12-member jury found him not guilty after deliberating for almost two and a half hours.
The verdict was followed by a flood of emotions with Guadeloupe happy to be reunited with his family while Seebran’s relatives were inconsolable.
The brothers were last seen at their home at Sifoo Trace, Granville, Cedros, on the morning of November 17, 2005.
Then, on January 12, 2006, their bodies were found huddled in a grave about 100 feet to the back of their home.
An autopsy revealed they died from chop wounds.
As the tears flowed down her cheeks, Seebran said she felt as though they wasted their time and money to travel to court for the hearing. The mother said she had no idea how to move on from this.
“There is no justice. Like it has no law,” she sobbed.
Seebran said she was going home to break the news to her husband.
“Is sad to know that you lose your two healthy strong young children, 23 and 25 years, and no justice. What they want me to do now? Where I go from here now as a mother who lose her children? Just live and move on like if is just two dogs that dead.”
In the years that passed since their death, Seebran said it has been very hard and sad for her, but she prayed to God to give her strength and courage.
“My children did not kill themselves. People come and kill them and bury them in the back of the house.”
The prosecution case, led by attorneys Stacy Laloo-Chong and Joanne Forrester, was that Guadeloupe—who was in custody on another matter confessed—to the police in June 2009.
In that statement, he allegedly told police that he was approached by two men who told him they were paid to kill the brothers and he agreed to be the gravedigger.
The prosecution case was that the three men dropped them off at the house the night before, they hid in bushes and in the morning when the brothers’ father left, they went into the house.
According to the statement, they tied the brothers’ hands, took them to the back of the house where they were shot, chopped and buried. The men claimed they were paid $15,000 for the job.
According to the police witnesses, Guadeloupe accompanied them back to the scene where they searched unsuccessfully for the fork he used to dig the grave.
The prosecution also called the taxi driver who allegedly gave a statement to the police that he dropped off and picked up Guadeloupe and the two other men at the brothers’ home. However, the taxi driver testified that he felt intimidated by the police so he just went along with what the police said and he signed the statement.
The case for the defence
Guadeloupe said he was in custody in another matter and he asked an officer he knew well to help him because he wanted to get home to his children. He claimed that on June 12, 2009, the police took him from Point Fortin Police Station to the Homicide Bureau in San Fernando.
He said the police asked him questions about his personal background, left and returned about an hour later with “prepared interview notes.” He said the officer asked him if he could read and write. Guadeloupe said he replied that he could not read all that well, “but if it is about going home you don’t have to read nothing.”
Guadeloupe signed the statement. He said he also told his common-law wife Anna Hope to sign the statement because he thought he was going home.
Guadeloupe was charged sometime later with the murders. He was represented by attorney Larry Williams, instructed by attorney Michelle Ali.
Hugging his wife outside of the High Court moments after his release, Guadeloupe said he was hustling to surprise his children, now 11 and 12 years old, by picking them up from school.
“After ten years, I have to look to start life again,” said Guadeloupe who worked as a mason prior to his arrest.
Thanking his attorneys, he complained that the criminal justice system was too slow.
“It have a lot of men languishing and tarnishing in jail on fabricated evidence,” he said.