Tuesday 26th July, 2005

 

Man dies in Point police cell

 
 
 
 
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A 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 Ann’s 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 arrest.

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 morning.

Edward’s 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 Edward’s sisters before taking them back to Point Fortin. Sources said Edward’s family believed he died as a result of being beaten by the police.

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