Post mortem reveals student’s death was unnatural

Police were today questioning the parents of a deceased teenager after a post mortem confirmed that the former Combermere student had ingested a poisonous substance in a suspected case of suicide.

However, a senior lawman, who spoke to Barbados TODAY on condition of anonymity, said police were yet to determine what could have led young Chris Hinkson to take his own life.

“That is a hard one. We just trying to see if we can get the parents’ account and help them with the grieving process,” the officer told Barbados TODAY this evening as the boy’s parents – Clarence and Caroline – were at the station for questioning.

He also revealed that the case had been handed over to the coroner for an official inquest.

The late Chris Hinkson

The teenager died last Thursday at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after being a patient there for a few days, following his consumption of the unspecified substance.

When Barbados TODAY visited the Hinksons’ home on Monday, the father, a retired economist with the Caribbean Development Bank, declined to comment on his son’s death.

Baffled neighbours in the quiet, close-knit community of Free Hill, St George however expressed shock over the untimely death of the former Combermere student who recently completed his Geography CXC examination.   

“I still in shock . . . I can’t believe it,” said one resident, who knew Chris from the time he was a child.

“He was a quiet boy . . . . I would see him going to church with his mother. I have no idea why he would kill himself,” the distraught neighbour said with sadness etched on his face.

A woman who knows the family well also said, while shaking her head in disbelief, that the death “hit we fuh six”.

“He was a quiet boy. He did not mix. He kept to himself so he would not have somebody to talk to if he had something troubling him,” she said.

Another woman suggested that the boy was under pressure over his exam results.

The alleged suicide came on the heels of the May 14, 2015 death of 12-year-old Shemar Weekes who was found hanging at his Fryers Well, Checker Hall, St Lucy home.

However, in August last year, the Coroner Manila Renee ruled that there was sufficient evidence to suggest that foul play had occurred in Weekes’ case, but in January this year, then Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Charles Leacock, now deceased, told Barbados TODAY he had found “insufficient evidence” to recommend prosecution. 

12 Responses to Post mortem reveals student’s death was unnatural

  1. Carol Gilkes
    Carol Gilkes September 6, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Prince Trémaine Kyle Hunte

  2. Freeagent September 7, 2017 at 6:41 am

    We are praying for you Clarence and Caroline.

    • Carson C Cadogan September 7, 2017 at 7:03 am


      You know all of the facts?

      • Roger Headley September 7, 2017 at 7:06 am

        Are you an ass? You need facts to pray for someone.

      • harry turnover September 7, 2017 at 7:48 am

        Carson C Cadogan…. Roger called you an ass and Troy called you a GOAT…dem wrote something sensible or wha ?

  3. Troy September 7, 2017 at 7:19 am

    C.C.C you got in goat or wuh? This grieving family needs all the prayer they can get during this tough time

  4. charjoy September 7, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Hold up folks! What was ccc questioning? Was it not the questioning in police station?

  5. Nathaniel Anderson September 7, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Roger, we all and I mean both the good and bad, need prayer whatever the situation and our station in life matters not.
    Let’s say a heartfelt prayer to all the family.

  6. Jennifer September 7, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Could this beautiful young boy not seek guidance from the church he was attending??????????

  7. Carson C Cadogan September 7, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    How many CXC’s did he sit?

    Was CXC Geography examination the only one he passed?

    Need not say anything more!!!!

  8. tedd September 7, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    see the miniseries” 13 reasons why” for a better understanding of teen suicide.

  9. Thunder November 1, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Roger Bradley I will be praying for you as well nothing is wrong with praying,during times of mourning people people need spiritual support,I will be praying as well!


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