18 years for killing former lover
TWO YEARS and six months after he was expected to be sentenced, Terry Cassius Seale was given 18 years in jail for the brutal slaying of Moreta Forde, his former lover.
The 54-year-old tractor operator of 27 Groves Crescent, St George, had been originally charged with murdering Forde, a former corporate specialist of telecommunications company LIME between October 30 and 31, 2013, when he confronted her about giving him a potentially fatal sexually transmitted disease.
The prosecution had accepted that Forde’s response the night her former lover challenged her was provocation.
While the maximum penalty for manslaughter is life in prison, Justice Jacqueline Cornelius said she believed a starting point of 25 years was reasonable, and added a further two years as a result of the aggravating factors.
However, she took into account that Seale had spent 1 776 days on remand, pointing out he had a further 4 794 days or 13 years left on his sentence.
The judge said the act had been committed at the home of the deceased, she was defenceless and had received extensive injuries to her back, neck and head.
“This was a domestic dispute and offenders cannot escape with impunity,” she said.
Justice Cornelius said that although the evidence showed Seale had been provoked, he was the physical aggressor and the force used was “grossly excessive”.
Passing of an STD
The only mitigating factors, she said, were that it was a spontaneous incident; he had been provoked by the passing of a sexually transmitted disease and had pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
During the case, it was revealed that Forde and Seale, her gardener, were in an intimate relationship and while she resided at Fisherpond, St Thomas, she allowed him to stay at her second home in St George, after his home was damaged by Hurricane Tomas.
During the relationship, Seale came to believe his lover had infected him with AIDS, and had confided such to at least two people. When he confronted Forde on the night of her death, she had queried whether he expected to “play with dogs and get a shark”. Her statement seemed to enrage him, and he took up a fruit knife which they scuffled over before Seale brought it down slashing Forde’s throat.
Forde held on to Seale trying to prevent him from leaving, but he wanted her to release him so he took a nearby cutlass and further injured her. He then lit a cigarette, dropping the lighter, and leaving the house. In the end, the house was engulfed.
Seale remained on the run for three and a half months before he was spotted by police in February 2014 trying to use the village standpipe in Easy Hall, St John. At the time, he had told officers he had ingested a poisonous substance and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after which he was charged. ( RA)