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Worker Chased Masked Man In Alleged Murder

An employee yesterday revealed how he chased a masked man in vain before he saw his boss lying in a pool of blood. Holland Seeto, 59, chief executive officer of
30 Jan 2015 11:13
Worker Chased Masked Man In Alleged Murder

An employee yesterday revealed how he chased a masked man in vain before he saw his boss lying in a pool of blood.

Holland Seeto, 59, chief executive officer of Lees Trading Company Limited, died from stab wounds in his office in Laucala Beach Estate, Suva.

Police are looking for the masked man in an alleged murder investigation.

But the employee, who wished not to be identified because he feared for his family’s safety, said he recognised the man behind the mask.

“I was at the factory when I heard noises. When I came out I saw a masked man, whom I recognised wearing a three-quarter pants and a round necked Tee-shirt,” he said.

The employee said he ran after the man until he disappeared into the back of the factory.

“I then ran straight to my CEO’s office to inform him that I had seen a masked man getting out of the factory’s premises, however when I opened the door I saw him lying in a pool of blood,” he said.

Mr Seeto usually reported to work at 6am.

It was also alleged that when Mr Seeto came into the factory’s premises yesterday, the security guard on duty did not note in his log book that Mr Seeto had arrived.

 

Personal information

Holland Seeto is the third in a family of eight children. He received his primary education at the then Chinese Primary School before he went to Marist Brothers High School and later to the University of the South Pacific.

He has been with Lees Trading Company Limited for more than 30 years.

He is survived by his wife, Vuli of Namuka-i-Lau and two children, Conrad in Year Three and Bernice, a two-year-old.

 

Seeto family

Mr Seeto’s brother, Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association president Dixon Seeto said the family was still shocked over his brother’s death.

“I was on my way to Nadi this morning when I was notified by his wife shortly after 7am of the tragedy. I later spoke to Police and got the bad news,” Mr Seeto said.

“He was well known as a kind man and we cannot understand why someone had done that to him.”

He said the family was baffled because the office was in a fully fenced compound with a security guard.

He said they were overwhelmed with the messages of condolences and support from relatives, friends and people from all walks of life in Fiji and overseas.

The Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, and Cabinet ministers also called to share their sympathy and support, he said

The late Mr Seeto’s popularity as a boss was shown when many of his staff were openly crying as Holland’s body was taken out from his office.

Some had also joined Holland’s sister-in-law Jenny Seeto to comfort his wife, Vuli. They declined to comment because they were too distraught.

Mr Seeto said the post mortem would be done today and funeral details would be finalised later.

 

Fiji Chinese Association President- Yuen Bing Tong

The Chinese community in Fiji is still trying to come to terms with the death of Mr Seeto.

Its president, Yuen Bing Tong, said they were shocked. He confirmed they would be visiting Mr Seeto’s family today.

“We still cannot believe how he had died,” Mr Tong said.

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