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Autopsy on West Kgn higgler's body delayed

Friday, February 07, 2014    

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AN agreement was reached yesterday morning to delay an autopsy on the body of 20-year-old higgler Oshane Dothlyn, who was found dead in a cell at the Darling Street Police Station, West Kingston, while in police custody on Sunday.

West Kingston Member of Parliament Desmond McKenzie confirmed that the Legal Medicine Unit (LMU) had granted a delay in the autopsy, which had been planned for yesterday morning.

"The West Kingston constituency will be acquiring the services of a pathologist, to oversee the process on behalf of the family in the meantime, and we will advise the unit as soon as we have done this," McKenzie said.

The MP told the Jamaica Observer Wednesday that he, Dothlyn's family, and his constituency machinery were determined that the family must be represented by an expert in pathology whenever the police undertake an autopsy.

He accused the police of failing to inform the family of the autopsy they had planned for Wednesday morning, and failing to take any statements from them or other people in the area since Sunday.

"In fact, no statement was taken from anyone until I took them to INDECOM (Independent Commission of Investigation) Wednesday afternoon," the MP insisted.

INDECOM has pointed out than an autopsy by the LMU cannot be held without relatives being informed and the body properly identified.

Dothlyn was found dead in the cell after being taken into custody by the police on Saturday, allegedly for smoking a ganja "spliff".

The police theorised that he hanged himself, but residents claim that they heard screams coming from the Darling Street police station lock-up where he had been held since Saturday evening and was awaiting processing. INDECOM has launched an investigation into his death.

In the meantime, residents of the area have staged a number of demonstrations against the Darling Street Police, accusing them of trying to cover up the circumstances leading up to his death.

The Legal Medicine Unit, which carries out autopsies/post-mortems, falls under the Ministry of National Security.

— Balford Henry

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