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.

The late Shemar Weekes.
The late Shemar Weekes.

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.

Forensic pathologist  Dr Sainagendra Prasad Kadiyala.
Forensic pathologist
Dr Sainagendra Prasad Kadiyala.

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.


3 Responses to Over to Coroner

  1. nedjeh1 June 2, 2015 at 8:57 am

    “Father, forgive me for striking back when I have been falsely accused. Help me to commit my cause to You, trusting that You know how to work these things out.”

  2. Tony Waterman June 2, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    I was just watching a Program from the Grenada Information Service, and was very surprised at a Statistic that was given, in the last 18 Months they have been Three (3) Youth Suicides, so it looks like the Mental Health of Caribbean Children is on the Decline, could this have anything to do with the Financial/Societal Health of the Parent groups, and is it time that a Youth Mental Health Unit is established to help alliviate this impending scourge.????

  3. jrsmith June 3, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    @ Tony,W, just saw your contribution, always good, you and Patrick W. I recall reading some where , that in Guiana, there was a vast increase in youth suicides , if I am mistaken would some please correct me.
    In the UK there is an increase in youth suicides which is not all reported.
    This is going to be a tough one, some the blame on parents, a lot on social media, and a massive slice on politicians.
    What is happing our kids are growing up so fast, that they are kids having kids themselves, when you see today , grand parents are of a starting age of 25 to 28. It seems so simple a youth have an argument with parents and he/she go somewhere and commit suicide, Us black need to recover our culture, we have lost it to religions and always looking for the easy way out, not wanting to take responsibility for our basic survival. that’s why we are starting from basic.


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