Say Richmond Hill Man Murdered Spouse
A Richmond Hill man remains behind bars after being charged last week with fatally stabbing and smothering his estranged wife inside her residence last Thursday, Aug. 16, law enforcement sources said.
Ganesh Seelall, 39, of 117th Street was arraigned the following day in Queens Criminal Court on charges of second-degree murder, tampering with physical evidence and aggravated criminal contempt for allegedly killing his wife, Samantha Seelall, 29.
Her body was discovered by police underneath a bed in the Seelall residence on 117th Street near 89th Avenue at around 2:30 p.m. last Thursday, according to information provided by the Queens District Attorney’s office.
Police said Ganesh Seelall-who was barred from visiting Samantha Seelall through an order of protection she obtained against him in January- allegedly stabbed his wife multiple times about the body and head, then smothered her sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Officers from the 102nd Precinct were called to the home and found Samantha Seelall’s body, which was naked and partially covered with a blanket. Law enforcement sources added that the victim’s wrists were also bound with rags and a black plastic bag secured with duct tape was wrapped around her head.
Ganesh Seelall was taken into custody on murder charges later last Thursday following an investigation conducted by the 102nd Precinct Detective Squad.
According to court records, he was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court last Friday before Judge Lenora Gerald, who ordered him held without bail. The suspect is scheduled to return to court on Sept. 10; he faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted.
The case is being prosecuted by the D.A.’s Homicide Investigations Bureau, which is directed by Assisthe tant District Attorneys Peter T. Reese, bureau chief, and Peter J. McCormack III and Richard B. Schaeffer, deputy bureau chief.