UK ballistics expert willing to examine bullets removed from slain Lindeners
-AFC seeks clearance from Top Cop
A United Kingdom ballistics expert is willing to come here to examine the bullet fragments that were extracted from two of the Linden victims.
Alliance For Change (AFC) executive member, Nigel Hughes, said yesterday that the expert, Dr. David Robinson, had indicated his willingness to participate in the investigation after receiving a request from the AFC.
“He’s prepared to come at 24-36 hours notice to view the ballistics tests and also conduct tests,” Hughes told Kaieteur News yesterday.
The attorney said that the AFC has written to Commissioner of Police Leroy Brumell requesting permission for Dr. Robinson to view the fragments.
Hughes had said on Thursday that the AFC was sending photographs of the bullet fragments to an overseas ballistics expert, in the hope that the expert could offer an opinion about the calibre.
Trinidad-based Pathologist, Professor Hubert Daisley, who viewed the autopsies, stated that bronze-tipped rounds were used and that the weapon was a handgun. He believes that they were fired from one weapon.
But even if the calibre is identified, there is still the challenge of matching the fragments to a firearm.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law Enforcement) Seelall Persaud has said that only four shotgun cartridges were unaccounted for from the ammunition that police ranks had at Linden. Shotgun pellets were also extracted from some of the injured.
Persaud said that the survivors have declined to provide investigators with written statements. He has appealed to eyewitnesses to come forward.
Some sources have expressed concern that no attempt was made to examine the weapons of all of the ranks who were at the protest when the shooting occurred.
This newspaper was also informed that the Crime Scene ranks were never instructed to scour the area for ballistic evidence or to swab the hands of all the ranks who were at the scene of the protest.