40-year-old man who was arrested for cocaine possession on
Friday, has died in a cell in Point Fortin Police Station.
Sources said an autopsy showed that Fitzgerald Edward died
from blunt forced injuries to his chest and his back.
He had broken ribs and a punctured lung.
One source said Edward was found lying dead in the cell yesterday
morning, by the police, with a bruise on his face.
Another source said Edward was an outpatient from St Anns
Hospital and was arrested on Friday night by Guapo police
for yelling and using obscene language.
When the police arrived, Edward, who lived at Vance River
in Guapo, was eventually handcuffed after he initially resisted
After Edward was searched by the police, he was found to have
a small amount of cocaine in his possession. Sources said
Edward was taken to e Guapo Police Station on Friday night,
but was then transferred to Point Fortin Station on Saturday
Edwards body was taken yesterday to the Forensic Science
Centre in St James, where an autopsy showed he did not die
from natural causes.
His body arrived at the Forensic Sciences Centre at around
1.45 pm but two of his sisters, who did not speak with reporters,
arrived at around 3 pm.
The police took a lengthy statement from Edwards sisters
before taking them back to Point Fortin. Sources said Edwards
family believed he died as a result of being beaten by the