A post-mortem examination of the body of Shamar Weekes of Fryers Well, Checker Hall, St Lucy was brought to a temporary halt at the mortuary of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) today.
Weekes, 12, a former student of Coleridge & Parry, was found hanging at his residence last week Thursday.
Barbados TODAY understands the procedure was halted in order for authorities to access a forensic pathologist to carry out a further detailed analysis of the corpse. Today’s examination was reportedly started by a clinical pathologist but an additional evaluation was required.
Assistant Commissioner of Police responsible for crime management and investigations, Mark Thompson, told Barbados TODAY in a release tonight that the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) had an obligation to its internal and external clients to deliver professional investigative services at all times.
Forensic evidence, he said, often formed part of these services. He explained that frequently it was the most critical determinant of the integrity of the services.
“As a consequence, the RBPF always seeks to ensure it employs the best forensic resources available to it. Having considered all the issues in the case of Shamar Patrick Weekes and the dire consequence of misinformation, it is the reasoned judgment of the authorities that a more scientific approach, which is not available here, should be employed. Hence, there has been a delay in the conduct of the post mortem. Nevertheless, measures to procure these scientific services have already been employed,” he said.
Weekes’ death had triggered much speculation across the island with neighbours of the deceased suggesting that he might have been the victim of abuse.
Several residents of Fryers Well told Barbados TODAY last week of frequently having to provide food for the late youngster.
In a subsequent interview, however, Weekes’ mother, Julianne Weekes, said she loved her son very much and dismissed accusations being made that she had ill-treated him.
Though admitting she had occasion to chastise him from time to time, Weekes stressed she had never brutalized her son.
Weekes was present today at the QEH prior to the post mortem, where in keeping with procedure she identified her son’s body to authorities.