Charges can still be laid in Ali Smith’s alleged beating case despite post-mortem results: source

By MERRICK ANDREWS, St. Lucia News Online staff reporter/editor

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(SNO) — Despite post-mortem results which indicate that Ali Smith’s death is not consistent with physical violence,  a law enforcement source has told St. Lucia News Online that if it’s proven that Smith was beaten, charges could still be laid in the case.

Smith, a 33-year-old resident of Marisule, Gros Islet, who died on April 13, 2019, around 7:30 a.m., was allegedly beaten by a police officer during the first week of March 2019.

He was accused of stealing a motor vehicle, a claim his relatives have denied.

Relatives believe he died as a result of the beating he received from the police, however post-mortem results have shown that he died from “left cerebral infarction due to secondary polycythemia as a result of COPD”.

Polycythemia, which is an increase in the number of red blood cells above the normal range, can be of a ‘primary’, as a result of a genetic mutation, or ‘secondary’, as a result of another illness.

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a common lung disease, according to Wikipedia, which further states: “Having COPD makes it hard to breathe. There are two main forms of COPD: chronic bronchitis, which involves a long-term cough with mucus, and emphysema, which involves damage to the lungs over time.”

These reasons are not consistent with a beating but according to our source the matter is still being investigated.

“Whether he died from the injuries he allegedly sustained from police or not, it is a criminal offence to assault someone and that has to be thoroughly investigated,” the law enforcement source.

“If it’s found out they did beat him then charges can be preferred,” the source added.

Smith and his family are however being blamed for not reporting the alleged beating sooner.

“He nor the family made a report in the time when it allegedly happened, which was the first week in March. He had not gone to a doctor or anything then. He died on the 13th of April,” the source added.

“The autopsy (post-mortem) was done over a month after the alleged incident. It wasn’t like he was beaten today and went in and died. He went to the hospital long after, and with COPD-related complications,” the source further explained.

Some members of the public are however not buying into the post-mortem results, and the accompanying explanations, with many on social media claiming that the police are trying to cover up, as usual, for their own.


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  1. 🌎The shitstem rigged🌋

    @ Rawlston we have whatsapp evidence where the dead victim confessing on the police beating him and also visible marks of violence...retrieved from his close counterpart.

  2. A case where a police is involved is always a tough one. Witch begs the question why? The man was beaten for driving a car he was given to wash not a stolen car.

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    There can be no charge of '...Assault and Battery' on a dead man. Unless the ' enforcement source' is going to (a) ...exhume his body; (b) ...breathe life into him; and (c) ...bring to the Court to testify against the offenders.

    If such represents the thinking of the 'source,' such shall be considered most ridiculous.

    There can be no charge of '...Murder or Manslaughter' without the requisite medical evidence.

    The '...Cause of Death' is critical to criminal prosecutions for '...Murder or Manslaughter.'

    The expert that provides this evidence is the '...Pathologist,' forensic or otherwise. No other person does.

    The ' enforcement source' needs to go back into training on a '...Refresher's Course.'

    • Apparently u didn't understand the report ...go and read it again.

      • Evidence on a phone in St. Lucia is no evidence. The evidence like the previous commentator said has to be corroborated. So how will you do that without the physical (body) evidence? Don't let this source offer a dangling carrot on a stick. people should own up to what they say. Its a pity that the people whose role it is to ask questions on the citizens behalf (so called journalists) appear so uneducated. They should recognize where their knowledge is limited and ask experts for advice. I am sure if it was a political issue they would find that expertize

  5. I am not sure what happen like most but if someone has issue or a problem that can effect their breathing would you beat up on them? That's just doesn't not sound right. The beating could have trigger his already existing problem. I have seen normal people take blows and it cause them shortness of breath for a few minutes. The beating is the proximate cause.

    • In a murder case causation is everything. A pre-existing condition may contribute to someone's death, however, it has to be proven. There must be physical evidence (medical pathology) which would indicate that the person was not normal and the circumstances around the event which hastened his death. Example, there would be evidence of trauma (or at least trace evidence). What could have been done before the individual's death a second pathologist could have looked for previous trauma as the government appointed pathologist would only look for direct cause of death, thats their job.

      However, we will still have to go back to whether it was sufficient to contribute to his death, and for that eye witness testimony is crucial. The main witness in the case is dead.

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