Coroner wants Police Commissioner to further investigate Shemar Weekes’ death
The unnatural death of 12-year-old Shemar Weekes has been sent back to the Commissioner of Police for further investigation.
Coroner Manila Renee this afternoon said because of the evidence before her she could not rule that Weekes’ death was an accident as is the normal role of a coroner’ s inquest.
She said because of the inconsistencies and contradictions in the evidence of the main characters in the case, the matter would be better dealt with by a criminal jurisdiction.
The Coroner said she was therefore adjourning the case and sending her findings to the Commissioner of Police in a couple days for them to further investigate the evidence, which she noted had revealed that someone had a case to answer.
The Coroner explained that it was possible the matter could return to her and on that basis she would not give a final verdict.
She questioned the forensic pathologist’s report, which said Shemar committed suicide.
The Coroner noted that under the law, suicide had to be established beyond any shadow of doubt pointing out that a second person could be held liable either through an act committed that led to the suicide or not acting in a way that could prevent it.
Shemar’s mother Julieanne Weekes, who was in court this afternoon broke down in tears when the coroner was describing the noose by which the boy is alleged to have used to kill himself.
The former Coleridge & Parry student was found hanging at his Fryer’s Well, Checker Hall, St Lucy home on May 14, 2015.