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Jones’ say on autopsy delay

Have patience and await word from the competent authorities!

That’s the advice, which Minister of Education Ronald Jones is giving Barbadians anxious to learn more of the circumstances surrounding the suspected suicide of 12-year-old Shemar Weekes.

News of the tragedy a week ago has left Barbadians wondering why the pre-teen would take his own life. Questions increased after police briefly detained the mother for questioning and released her without comment, followed by the twice re-scheduling of the post-mortem on the youngster’s body.

Minister of Education Ronald Jones

Minister of Education Ronald Jones

Responding to a question on the issue at a Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Christ Church West Central constituency branch meeting last night, Jones said: “It’s a matter that I would leave to the professionals who are doing their work –– the police, the people doing the autopsy, forensic pathologist and all of that”.

Addressing the group at the Vauxhall Primary School, the Minister of Education said:  “As the nation has been shocked, we need to know. But we [Government officials] ourselves can’t tell you anything. We have to wait. And I’m saying patience is a virtue in this.”

He added: “I know the nation is on edge because there is a young person whose life is not among us anymore and, understandably, we should feel a way. Whatever young life is lost . . . either through circumstances that seem a little awry, or by nature acting through some form of cancer or childhood diabetes, even an accident, we feel the collective pain as a people.”

At the same time, Jones offered advice on child care.

“A nation must embrace its children, its people as a whole, but particularly our seeds.”

He conceded: “There are extremes in Barbados . . . in some behaviours that impact on our young people.”

10 Responses to Jones’ say on autopsy delay

  1. Deals On Wheels
    Deals On Wheels May 22, 2015 at 7:49 am

    This article was a waste of space tho lol

  2. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner May 22, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Simple question did RBPF and government not realize they would need an outside specialist to conduct this autopsy the moment this tragic death occur?

  3. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley May 22, 2015 at 9:14 am

    What has happened in the past with suicides or untimely deaths ? there should be someone capable based on the island full time.

    • Maria Leclair
      Maria Leclair May 22, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      Would be interesting to know if you will review those old cases as they should. Not having a forensic assessment on older cases, this could open up a whole new can of worms. Then again it is BIM so they may not want to go there.

    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley May 22, 2015 at 3:27 pm

      I’m sure they wouldn’t !!

  4. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce May 22, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Delay? He gave no reason.

  5. bobo May 22, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    R Jones quote, have patience and await word from competent (outside) authorities. Since independence —The poorness of our education development.

  6. Patrick Blackman May 22, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    This is a police matter Mr. Jones, keep your stupid mouth shut. You know any comment you make as a public figure would be reported so just do us all a favour and shut up sir, your mouth should only be for eating.

  7. Maria Leclair
    Maria Leclair May 22, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    It will be more costly to fly an expert in rather than pay a person fulltime. BIM should have had an forensic specialist for all their previous homicides, suicides, accidentally deaths in past years. Old cases should be revisited to make sure no one was wrongfully charged and no one has gotten away with murder.

  8. Tony Waterman May 23, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    @Minister Jones!!!! “Have patience and await word from the competent authorities!”

    Are you kidding me, how competent are they, when they FORGOT to FORMALLY INVITE the Forensic Pathologist from T&T??
    @Patrick Blackman, as it is now, it should not even be a police matter, this phase of the investigation should be left entirely to the Coroner’s office, without ANY interference from ANYONE else, that could Skew the Results, at least that is how it is done elsewhere.

    @Marie Leclair!!! This is NOT a reflection of Barbados’ Education System, it has to do with the personal preferences of our professional persons, the Big Countries pay way more than Barbados can afford. We might play at being first World, but in reality we are still third World.


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