Hu­man Rights At­tor­ney calls for in­quest into death at sea

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the death of 33-year-old Den­nery res­i­dent, Yves Mitchel James.

Dur­ing a mar­itime op­er­a­tion on Satur­day, July 22, 2017 at about 1:00 a.m. ap­prox­i­mately 2.1 nau­ti­cal miles off the coast of Vieux Fort, a lo­cal fish­ing ca­noe iden­ti­fied as “In­de­blue” col­lided with a Marine Unit ves­sel. Prior to the col­li­sion, sev­eral at­tempts were made to stop the ves­sel, all to no avail. Three in­di­vid­u­als who were on­board the ca­noe were thrown over­board as a re­sult of the col­li­sion. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice re­ports, they were then res­cued by of­fi­cers at­tached to the Marine Unit.

Yves Mitchel James was shot by of­fi­cers dur­ing the en­counter and, as a re­sult, was con­veyed to the St. Jude Hospi­tal via am­bu­lance. He was pro­nounced dead by a med­i­cal prac­ti­tioner about 3:33 a.m.

On Mon­day, July 24, 2017 a post mortem ex­am­i­na­tion was con­ducted which re­vealed that James died as a re­sult of trau­matic brain in­jury ev­i­denced by global sub­arach­noid haem­or­rhage (bleed­ing around the brain) and cere­bral con­tu­sion (bruis­ing of the brain) sec­ondary to com­min­uted frac­tures to the cra­nium.

Hu­man rights at­tor­ney Mary Fran­cis has since called for an in­quest into James's death.

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