Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Victoria Charles Clarke will decide on the next move regarding the Chakadan Daniel case, after an inquest found that the 22-year-old was “unlawfully killed.”
Attorney-at-Law Dasrean Greene, who is representing Daniel’s family, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) today, July 27 that following Friday’s ruling, it is now left up to the DPP to decide whether she has sufficient evidence to send the case to trial, before a judge and jury.
Greene said while the ruling is a victory in one regard, which means that the death was not an accident or suicide, it still does not determine guilt or innocence.
“It determines that something has happened that it is not an accident. So someone is responsible. But it does not give a definitive answer as to what has happened or who is to be blamed for it,” he explained.
He told SNO that nothing is stopping the police from continuing investigations into this matter, and referring to the DPP for advice that will determine a later decision.
“As a defense attorney there is the issue of fairness. And we do not want to prejudice the case of any prospective defendant by indicating to any juror that this person is guilty of killing this gentleman.”
Greene therefore declined to comment on his personal views regarding the ruling.
Daniel was found hanging from his cell after he had been arrested two days prior for escaping lawful custody, assaulting a police officer and damaging property.
He was scheduled to make an appearance at the Second District Court in Dennery on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, when he was discovered dead at the Micoud Police Station.
A post mortem examination found that he had died of asphyxia.
The man’s mother Frances Daniel said she is happy with the ruling and believes justice has been served.
She is now hoping that the persons responsible for her son’s death are put behind bars.