18 years for killing for­mer lover

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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)

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