Over to Coroner
Autopsy confirms that 12-year-old took his own life
No one is criminally liable for the death of 12-year-old Shemar Weekes.
In fact, based on the outcome of an autopsy conducted by the Jamaica-based forensic pathologist Dr Sainagendra Prasad Kadiyala on his body today, it would appear as though the late Coleridge & Parry School student took his own life.
Shemar who was found by mother Julianne Weekes hanging in the yard of their Fryers Well, Checker Hall, St Lucy home on May 14.
In a statement today following the two and a half hour long procedure, which was witnessed by relatives and police detectives at the state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), Assistant Commissioner of Police responsible for Crime Management and Investigations Mark Thompson revealed that Shemar’s file would not be handed over to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Charles Leacock, which would have suggested the need for a criminal probe.
Thompson did not provide any details on the exact cause of death, but indicated that the 12-year-old’s file would instead be submitted to Coroner Manila Renee, who has “legal and legitimate authority” to make the post mortem results public.
“ . . . the file will be submitted to the Coroner’s Office as opposed to the Director of Public Prosecutions’ Office, which manifests that certain conclusions have been reached,” Thompson, stated in his three paragraph statement in which he reported that he had brief by Dr Kadiyala around 4 p.m. today on the outcome of the post mortem.
“He [the forensic pathologist] promised to submit his written report by weekend,” the senior police officer said.
In a brief interview with reporters outside of the mortuary of the QEH following the autopsy this afternoon, Dr Kadiyala described the procedure as a “routine” one.
However, in an effort to “exclude everything”, he said “no table was left unturned”.
“I did a complete post mortem,” the forensic expert said.
Dr Kadiyala flew into the island on Friday night to complete the post mortem, which was initially started by the QEH’s Clinical Pathologist Dr Stephen Jones four days after Shemar’s passing.
Today he arrived at the QEH at 11:20 a.m. in an unmarked police vehicle, driven by a plain-clothes officer.
Two other plain-clothes detectives were on hand to receive him.
The group of four entered the mortuary about 15 minutes after Shemar’s relatives arrived.
At the end of the process, Dr Kadiyala and the officers came back out through the main entrance, while family members avoided reporters questions by exiting through another door.