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Toxicology report: Senior police superintendent died from poisoning

Tuesday, March 05, 2013    

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A toxicology report conducted on tissue samples taken from late Senior Superintendent Dathan Henry has revealed that he was poisoned.

A release from the Police High Command yesterday confirmed that Henry's death was due to poisoning by a mixture of chemicals usually found in rodenticides.

"This result was confirmed following toxicological analysis of ante-mortem and post-mortem samples taken from the deceased. Following confirmation of the cause of death, the toxicology report was submitted to police personnel at the Major Investigation Taskforce (MIT) who then consulted with the director of public prosecutions (DPP) for advice on the matter," the release stated.

The police said the DPP has advised that the case file and all reports be submitted to the Coroner to facilitate an inquest into Henry's death.

"The MIT is currently in the process of preparing a complete case file for submission to the coroner," the release said.

Henry died in the Intensive Care Unit of the Kingston Public Hospital in May last year due to complications from what was then described as a 'mystery illness'. He was ailing for only a week and just a few week after he was promoted from superintendent to senior superintendent.

At the time of his passing, Henry was credited for making serious inroads in fighting back criminality and gangs in the parish of Clarendon, the police division he was assigned to lead.

Last night a police source said the results of the test were not surprising.

"The results have confirmed what many of us in the force suspected a long time ago. We always thought it strange how he fell into ill-health and died so suddenly," one officer told the Jamaica Observer.

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