Sunday, January 21, 2018

Death Row inmate: Help me, I'm going blind

Double murderer Mukesh Chandradath

DEATH ROW inmate Mukesh Chandradath is going blind and wants the authorities to ensure he gets his cataract surgery.

Chandradath is claiming that the Prison Service is deliberately not taking him for treatment.

Chandradath, now 49, was convicted of the murders of an elderly couple, Selwyn Grant, 65 and his wife Ursula Innis, 70, of Allen Drive, Syne Village, Penal back in 1999.

Innis's decomposing, headless body was found in the bathtub of the bathroom by her grandson on September 16, 1999. The next day her head was found in a bag floating inside a water tank. While Grant's body, in an advanced state of decomposition, was found under an abandoned tank in the yard of the house. His head was in a bag secured with wire.

He initially opted to represent himself but was unable to do so during the cross-examination of prosecution witnesses. He was convicted in 2011 and has been on Death Row since then.

Chandradath's 72-year-old mother, who asked not to be named, , said she only wanted her son to receive treatment as he is going blind.

The woman told the Express: “I don't have money, I am a poor person. Mukesh telling me he is going blind. They (prison officers) broke the court order and did not take him for treatment.”

In a letter to High Court Justice Alice Yorke-Soo Hon dated June 12, Chandradath's mother made an appeal for help. The letter is claiming the delayed tactics by prison officers are deliberate so that Chandradath will become blind, and unable to read and sign his own grounds of appeal.

In another updated letter dated June 23, Chandradath stated that he was taken to the eye clinic, however was told the machine to measure the eye lens before cataract surgery is conducted was broken.

According to President of the Prison Officers Association Ceron Richards explained the process of treating with prisoners who require medical treatment.

He said the prison medical officer will determine whether an inmate requires external medical treatment and based on the recommendation of that medical officer, would the Commissioner of Prisons act as the facilitator.

“The prison medical officer determines this. In terms of the treatment, that is not a decision for the Commissioner, that is for the doctor and the Commissioner will just act as the facilitator of that exerciser. So he will provide the necessary security and so on. If there is no vehicle, he (the Commissioner) will try to get a vehicle, if there is no vehicle he will have to wait for a vehicle.

Once an inmate is referred to an external institution to treat with a medical complaint, the directions must come from the doctor, after which, the Commissioner of Prisons through his delegated authority, the prison supervisor, superintendent and so on, they will act as the facilitators to get the necessary resources to facilitate the visit,” he said.

Richards said at times there are constraints to facilitate the visit, “in terms of institutional resources.”

Chandradath worked as a mechanic.