Suspects in Belle West stabbing remain in custody
- post mortem delayed
The two suspects in the Belle West fatal stabbing were up to press time yesterday still in custody as the post mortem examination of 17-year-old Imran Mohamed’s remains has been delayed.
This publication was told that one of the Government’s pathologists, Dr. Nehaul Singh, is currently on leave while the other, Dr. Vivikanand Brijmohan reported sick yesterday.
It was chaos yesterday at the Georgetown Public Hospital where police ranks as well as relatives of several deceased showed up with the intention of having post mortem examinations conducted. This publication was told that the doctor was also scheduled to conduct post mortem examinations over on the West Coast of Demerara.
As a result of the various procedures being put off, Kaieteur News understands that at least two major murder cases were put on hold, including the double-murder in Berbice.
Among the angry relatives who gathered at the mortuary were those concerning the three miners who were killed after a pit caved-in at Aranka Backdam. The relatives were frustrated saying they were ready to collect the bodies for burial. In light of the request, a hospital official explained that since most of the dead are police-related, permission would have to be sought from the Guyana Police Force, thus they were directed to the E&F Divisional Commander.
Doreen Fanfair, wife of 45-year-old Clive Innis-Mc Donald, an accident victim who passed away after being bedridden for the past four months, explained that she had already made funeral arrangements for tomorrow (Sunday) since she was convinced that the autopsy would have been performed yesterday.
We done mek arrangement for he to bury in Essequibo, because he from there, and is money all de time spending….I confuse… and with the post mortem now call off, we got to be running up and down,” the woman stated.
She explained that she is not financially capable of running to the hospital on a regular basis and hopes that the post mortem will be done soon. The woman said she will now have to make other arrangements for a new funeral date.
The mother of a five-month-old baby also noted that this was the second time that the post mortem for the deceased infant had been postponed. Her son, Rayon Joshua Marlon Chester, was found dead on his bed on Sunday last by his aunt. The dead child’s mother, Onika Chester, related that they were all in the house and could not tell how her son met his demise, thus she was awaiting the results of the post mortem examination to clear up any doubts.
The frustrated mother stated that the post mortem was scheduled for Wednesday last, but was told Dr. Singh was on leave and Dr. Brijmohan was occupied in Berbice, and as a result, it was postponed to yesterday. She said that her son “has already turned blue” and she was not sure that his body “will keep until Monday”.
The distressed woman stated that all funeral arrangements were intact for today and now with the post mortem rescheduled, it will affect them tremendously.
A hospital official told this publication that the mortuary staff was preparing for the post mortem examinations, as is normal on Fridays, when they received a telephone call informing them that the pathologist was unavailable due to the fact that he fell ill.