Body of slain 6-y-o in Clarendon morgue close to a month

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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CLARENDON, Jamaica — Nearly one month after the brutal killing of six-year-old Timothy Bassargh in Farm, Clarendon, his body remains in the morgue pending post mortem, relatives say.

The boy was shot in his head and neck after gunmen attacked his home on August 25.

"The body has not finished post mortem up until now, so we haven't been able to bury him," said Timothy's great grandmother, adding: "All we hear is that the police are still investigating the matter".

However, when the OBSERVER ONLINE visited the May Pen Police Station in the parish, an investigating officer close to the case said efforts were made to contact the relatives but no one would come forward.

The officer added that he is not in receipt of the list, which would tell when forensic scientists would be available to perform a post mortem on the body.

He however said that officers are "aggressively" investigating the case.

Meanwhile, Timothy's mother, who was shot in the hand during the attack, is still in hospital being treated.

"She was scheduled to do surgery this morning to replace some of the skin on her arm because doctors say the cast cannot hold it," the victim's grandmother said.

It is reported that Timothy along with his mother and two sisters were asleep when the gunmen fired through the door to their house. His sisters were unhurt and have since returned to school.

However, a cousin, who didn't give her name, said they are still traumatised by the incident.

"The younger one, which is seven (years old) will talk about it, but the older, she's eight, hasn't said anything at all, she just cry."

The police have reported that the gunmen were seeking another alleged gunman who frequented the house.

A curfew was imposed in the Farm district on Saturday and ended at 6:00 am yesterday. It included Sevens Avenue, where young Timothy was murdered.

Deandra Morrison

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