Hypertension killed Mother’s Day party victim – PM
A post mortem examination performed on the body of 56-year old Judy Joseph, yesterday, revealed
that she died of hypertension, ending speculation that she was a victim of foul play.
Joseph called ‘Auntie Judy’, who lived at Waiakabra, Soesdyke-Linden Highway was found dead on Monday morning, lying under the shed of a shop where she and other relatives and friends had been imbibing the day before.
Initially, investigators were reluctant to rule out foul play especially since Joseph was found with her pants and underwear partly down, giving rise to suspicion that she had been sexually assaulted and slain.
The partly nude body of the mother of five was found around 4:00 hrs on Monday outside a Swan, Soesdyke/Linden Highway shop.
Residents were puzzled that the woman was found near the shop, especially since the shopkeeper is adamant that she had seen Ms. Joseph heading for home.
Police had detained two men after learning that they were among the last persons with whom the victim was drinking.
Eileen Joseph, one of the victim’s daughters, told Kaieteur News that she was among the family members and friends who accompanied her mother on Sunday for a ‘get-together’ at a shop, located a short distance from their home.
The daughter, who is pregnant, said she left around 23:00 hrs on Sunday. She recalled that at the time, her mother had fallen asleep at one of the tables. According to her, the shopkeeper, Felicia Pierre and the two men, who were subsequently detained, were also there.
“She (the shopkeeper) asked if I could carry her (the mother) home, and I said ‘no’, because of my condition,” and she said that my mother could sleep upstairs at her,” the daughter said.
The daughter said that around 04:15 hrs yesterday, another sister informed her that something had happened to their mother. The siblings then went over to the shop where they saw their mother’s body.
Asked if her mother had any serious medical problems, the daughter said that she suffered from low blood pressure but was otherwise healthy.