Russian pathologist says he was not invited

Trinidad-based forensic pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov says he has not been invited to perform the autopsy on the body of 12-year-old Shemar Weekes.

However, the Russian-born expert, who has been retained by other Caribbean countries, told Barbados TODAY he would welcome the opportunity to do so, following reports that a forensic expert would have to be brought in to carry out the procedure on the body of the former Coleridge & Parry student.

On Tuesday, a post-mortem examination of the body got underway at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, but was halted to pave the way for a more detailed forensic analysis.

Dr Alexandrov, a forensic expert of 44 years experience, described Weekes’ case as sensitive, particularly since it was an unusual occurrence for Barbados.

The expert, who has performed close to 40,000 procedures, said while suicides among children were distressing, it was nothing new.

“For example in Trinidad, where there were several cases involving young girls or young boys who committed suicide, they were victims of abuse or being bullied at school,” he said, while noting that the most common means were hanging and poisoning.


12 Responses to Russian pathologist says he was not invited

  1. Coloured Man
    Coloured Man May 22, 2015 at 1:05 am

    whats going on here hmmm

  2. Alphonso Elijah
    Alphonso Elijah May 22, 2015 at 1:26 am

    Wait we supposed to have a trained pathologist here in Barbados at the QEH. Isn’t his word credible that we have to spend money bringing in one to carry out a second test? How long do we have to be at the mercies of other people, are we not smart enough.
    In future can i trust this pathologist we have here in BIM?

    • Buddy Love
      Buddy Love May 22, 2015 at 2:01 am

      Sorry Alphono but the Bajan culture is still living the past. Intellient yes, smart….?

    • Alphonso Elijah
      Alphonso Elijah May 22, 2015 at 2:01 am

      So with all the Academics in BIM, Every year hundreds Graduating from UWI? And we can have our own Forensic Pathologist hummmmm shame shame shame. And as i would repeat, are we bound to be at someone else’s mercy?
      How smart are we really?

    • Alphonso Elijah
      Alphonso Elijah May 22, 2015 at 2:15 am

      Buddy Love we pretend to be Holy and can’t heal a fly, smart nope Intellectual some what. Common sense nope it ain’t that Common.

    • Danielle Reid-Melillo
      Danielle Reid-Melillo May 22, 2015 at 3:19 am

      Relax buddy there’s a difference between a forensic pathologist and a pathologist! First a doctor has to actually WANT to do that job! Has nothing to do with what the country needs! That’s a personal decision when you choose what you want to do for the rest of your life! If a bajan doesn’t want to do it or wants to do it but not stay there then that’s OK. Someone will be found to do it. How about you go and study medicine for 5 years then do pathology for 7 years then do forensic pathology for a few more years then apply lol

      • Kevin May 22, 2015 at 9:57 am

        Yup, thanks for pointing out the difference. A forensic pathologist is much more specialist.

  3. Nikki Vs Nicksie
    Nikki Vs Nicksie May 22, 2015 at 1:58 am

    All the ppl in that district are saying that child was mistreated, the mother says they are lieing, the sister telling us to mind our business and stop sharing her brother pic, and now this….

  4. Zed Layson May 22, 2015 at 5:46 am

    Nothing wrong with people from others countries coming here to offer expertise in areas. The problem is how we treat them vs our own…. We can learn a lot from other countries and we should, and by doing so it shouldn’t be considered a lack on our part but a smart in our pocket, you learn more from listening then running your mouth… i find it funny how we have kicked out the british culture we have been nurtured on and instead of going back to our roots… e.g. African, Irish, Scottish we have embraced the american culture of Gang culture, individualism, greed… We have much more problems than worrying about an expert coming in to give hi opinion… we should be looking at the picture thats right in front of our face…

  5. Watchman May 22, 2015 at 9:21 am

    When there are not enough places even for students to do residency in Bim, why does it seem so far fetched that we dont have 2 or 3 of every type of specialist ?
    What would they do ?
    If there was a demand then there would be people doing the job.
    People live where they can work.


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