US-based Guyanese kills wife, hides body
A Guyanese man who reportedly stabbed his wife to death on Thursday and then stuffed her under his bed is in a US jail.
Ganesh Seelall, 39, faces murder and other charges in the death of his wife, 29-year-old Samantha Seelall, CBS News reported yesterday.
Around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, police were called to their home on 117th Street in Richmond Hill.
When they arrived, officers allegedly found Samantha Seelall’s body stuffed under a bed, stabbed and her head covered with a plastic bag, the report said.
Ganesh Seelall’s uncle, Peter Maradiaga, said the 39-year-old is a good man, but that he was drunk when his wife told him she was having an affair.
“It was just heat of passion,” he said in the news report. “This is a girl who is telling her husband ‘I just came from sleeping with somebody else,’ I mean, come on, we’re all human.”
Police said Samantha Seelall had an order of protection against her husband, but Ganesh Seelall’s relatives said she was the one who was abusive.
“I saw it coming the other way around. I thought he was going to be the victim,” Maradiaga said. “She was violent. We live right next door, we saw the violence, pulling knives.”
The couple has a 10-year-old daughter.
Ganesh Seelall is charged with murder, aggravated criminal contempt, tampering with evidence and criminal possession of a weapon.
But the dead woman’s relatives in Guyana are reporting a different story.
According to Sunita Sarabjit, Samantha’s mother, her daughter has been involved in an abusive 11 years of marriage.
Samantha Seelall hailed from Vryheid, West Canje Berbice while her husband, Ganesh called “Sko”, is from Edinburgh, also in Berbice.
According to the mother, she received a call from her niece in Trinidad informing her of the shocking death of her daughter. She learnt that it was Samantha’s 14-year-old step-daughter, Alisha Seelall, who came home and found her body under the bed.
She was allegedly then sent by her father to a relative’s home and warned not to say anything. The couple’s 10-year-old daughter, Renita, was not at home at the time of the incident.
The grieving mother said that her daughter’s relationship was not a smooth one; her husband was mostly unemployed ever since he was living in Guyana. They left Guyana five years ago.
Samantha, the mother said, had been working to support the family in Queens.
The mother accused her son-in-law of being abusive and an alcoholic who would take money from his mother and would beat her if she complained about his behaviour.
Sarabjit said that contact with her daughter was rare because of the rocky relationship. She said the last contact was when her daughter sent her some photographs earlier this year.
Mrs. Sarabjit is pleading with any relevant authority who can assist her to bring her daughter’s body to Guyana for the funeral since she cannot afford to do it. She has not seen her daughter for five years. She also is worried about her granddaughter and wants to see her.