Police have announced that Chakadan Daniel of Back Street, Micoud, who was found hanging in his cell on Oct. 23, 2013, died of asphyxia, which is a condition of severely deficient supply of oxygen to the body that arises from being unable to breathe normally.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Frances Henry disclosed this information at a police press briefing held this afternoon.
Henry said the post mortem was conducted last Friday by Pathologist Dr. Stephen King in the presence of a doctor representing the Daniel family.
“At the insistence of the family there had been a specific request made for an independent person to be part and parcel of the undertaking or the conduct of the autopsy,” Henry told reporters.
She added: “Owing to this specific request, the police department, we obliged, and in the person of Dr. Chase, he represented the family during the conduct of this autopsy. On completion of the autopsy, the cause of death was deemed to have been dead by asphyxia. Both Dr. King, the pathologist, and Dr. Chase met with the family immediately following the conduct of the post mortem and the findings were then interpreted to the family.”
Henry said investigation into the matter continues.
“It is the obligation of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force that when death occurs, whether it is within the police station, has had happened in this instance, or any other incident where death is a consequence, we are charged with the responsibility to investigate this matter. As this investigation progresses I engaged members of the family and indicated to them the manner in which this matter was going to be proceeding. This again was done this morning, also in the presence of the attorney who has been retained by the family,” the senior cop explained.
During the meeting, Henry said she made available to the family and attorney, documents relating to the results of the post mortem examination.
“As with every investigation, the police are using every avenue as is prescribed by law to pursue this matter and on completion of the investigation, a submission will be made to the office of the Director of Public Prosecution so she can peruse all that is submitted and on completion, she will be making some pronouncement as to where this matter will proceed,” Henry said.
She added based on the DPP’s investigation, a coroner’s inquest or another process will be undertaken.
A police press release last week disclosed that Daniel, who was a prisoner in custody at the Micoud Police Station, was discovered hanging in his cell on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7:40 am.
“Dr. Daniel, district medical officer for the Micoud region, was immediately summoned to the scene and pronounced Daniel dead,” police said.
“Daniel was arrested Monday on warrants for escaping lawful custody, assaulting a police officer and damage to property. He was scheduled to make a court appearance at the Second District Court in Dennery today (Oct. 23). The matter is currently under investigation,” the press release added.