Every time he closes his eyes, the memory of his mother being stabbed to death continues to haunt 11-year-old Seph Mitchell.In an interview yesterday, Seph said every time he tried to sleep, he saw his mother's face. Although Seph has been bravely giving graphic details of what he saw to his friends and teachers, the young boy admitted to having nightmares yesterday. "Last night I did not sleep. When I closed my eyes, I saw my mother. We were having a happy time at Caura River and then something bad happened," he recalled.
Several close friends of Grant Memorial Primary School visited him and his brother, Saidan, 10, at their Fonrose Street, San Fernando, home, bringing snacks. The children are expected to receive counselling from officers of the Ministry of the People, as well as from guidance counsellors of their school. Meanwhile, the children's grandfather, Pastor Dennis Lalla, questioned why nobody had bothered to save Sabrina-Lalla Mitchell, who was brutally slaughtered in front of a dozen witnesses, including her two children, at Bavarian Motors, San Fernando, on Tuesday afternoon. "Why didn't anybody save my daughter?" Lalla said, after he witnessed the autopsy at the Forensic Science Centre, Port-of-Spain.
The autopsy revealed that Lalla-Mitchell was stabbed 20 times about the upper body. She died from shock and haemorrhage consistent with multiple wounds. The stabs punctured her left lung and ripped through her heart. The pathologist told Lalla she died about 12 minutes after a main artery to her brain was severed from her neck. Lalla said he saw every stab wound which defaced the body of his child. Saying he had forgiven the killer, Lalla was disappointed no one had intervened during the scuffle. He said: "My daughter put up a fight. While she was on the ground, she tried to brace and the knife cut her hand. Someone could have tried to save her.
"Only her son, Seph, tried to help her but he is a little boy. What could he do? He could not do anything." He said the suspect remained under police guard yesterday and he was not given the opportunity to speak with him. "I wanted to tell him that I forgave him and he should give his life to Christ," Lalla said. He explained that late yesterday he got a text message saying the man had succumbed to self-inflicted stab wounds but police later said the suspect was still hospitalised with a 50-50 chance of survival. Meanwhile, Bavarian Motors remained closed yesterday. Police said they have taken statements from several employees.