Another Un­law­ful Po­lice Killing!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By

Toni Ni­cholas

One mother is heav­ing a sigh of re­lief and ex­press­ing mixed emo­tions af­ter sus­pi­cions were con­firmed Fri­day. The mother of Chakadan Daniel sat in the Mag­is­trates Court on Fri­day when Mag­is­trate Robert In­no­cent, who presided over an in­quest into the death of her son, gave his rul­ing; Chakadan Daniel’s death was as a re­sult of: “Un­law­ful Po­lice Killing”.

On Oc­to­ber 23, the fam­ily of 22-year-old Chakadan Daniel of Back Street, Mi­coud was in­formed by po­lice that he was found dead while in cus­tody at the Mi­coud Po­lice Sta­tion. Po­lice later an­nounced that Daniel was found hang­ing in his cell af­ter he had been ar­rested two days prior for es­cap­ing law­ful cus­tody, as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer and dam­ag­ing prop­erty.

Daniel had been sched­uled to make an ap­pear­ance at the Sec­ond Dis­trict Court in Den­nery on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 23, 2013. The night be­fore one fam­ily mem­ber had made a des­per­ate call to Daniel’s lawyer claim­ing that his brother feared the worst would hap­pen.

A post mortem to de­ter­mine the ex­act cause of death was held by Chief Pathol­o­gist Dr. Stephen King. The fam­ily of Daniel re­quested the pres­ence of an in­de­pen­dent doc­tor, which was granted in the per­son of Dr. McDon­ald Chase. The cause of death was de­ter­mined to have been death by as­phyxia, a con­di­tion where an ex­treme de­crease in the amount of oxy­gen in the body ac­com­pa­nied by an in­crease in car­bon diox­ide leads to loss of con­scious­ness or death.

Fol­low­ing this dis­clo­sure ACP Frances Henry an­nounced that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mat­ter was un­der­way and that on com­ple­tion, a sub­mis­sion would be made to the DPP who would then de­ter­mine whether an in­quest was nec­es­sary or whether there was any cul­pa­bil­ity by the po­lice in Daniel’s death.

The fam­ily and friends of the de­ceased mean­while never stood idly by. A pres­sure group was formed. It held a peace­ful march, in­sist­ing that it wouldn’t rest un­til jus­tice was served.

On Fri­day Frances Daniel, Chakadan’s mother told the STAR that she had prayed for this day but added that this was not the end. “The mat­ter now goes to the High Court and you can never tell how long this mat­ter will last,” she said. Frances says that she was al­ways con­vinced that there was foul play in­volved and will not rest un­til those who are cul­pa­ble are made to pay.

In­quest de­ter­mines Chakadan Daniel did not

com­mit sui­cide.

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