Friday, December 15, 2017

Calls for third autopsy on Ramdeen

The Police Complaints Authority (PCA yesterday called for a third autopsy on Stacy Ramdeen, who died during a police raid at her Chaguanas home on November 8.

The PCA also said a thorough investigation must be conducted in order to determine if there is any culpability on the part of the police officers involved in the incident.

The police had initially said Ramdeen died after ingesting cocaine pellets. But two subsequent autopsies have given conflicting causes of death, neither of which has to do with cocaine ingestion.

In a news release, the PCA said after examining the file put together by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) on the case, it saw the need for an "independent third autopsy" to be conducted, as was done in the case of Daniel Guerra.

"The file, which included the reports of both pathologists Dr Hughvon Des Vignes and Prof Hubert Daisley, as well as a statement from Des Vignes, clearly indicates that there is no agreement between the two pathologists' findings for cause of death," the PCA release said.

It added: "Serious issues arise surrounding the circumstances in the death of Stacy Ramdeen... The PCA recommends that the third autopsy be conducted expeditiously as the body is yet to be buried."