Human Rights Attorney calls for inquest into death at sea
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.