Cops asked to hand over footage of burnt teen

By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin

THE legal department of the Police Service has been asked to hand over footage of teenager Jamerson John during time in custody at the Princes Town Police Station.

John, 18, has claimed he was handcuffed, stripped to his underpants and doused with methylated spirit by officers who set him alight at the station on Christmas Eve.

Attorney Petronilla Basdeo on Monday wrote the Police Service requesting documents related to the teen’s detention, including station diary extracts, any statements allegedly made by John to the police and any live footage recorded at the police station during John’s incarceration.

John, who was also visited by attorney Shawn Teekasingh yesterday, remains handcuffed and under police guard at the San Fernando General Hospital. He was admitted to the hospital on Christmas Day suffering from burns to his torso, leg and genital area.

His mother Sherma Atwater yesterday said  John’s wounds were still bleeding and doctors have advised that they need “a few days” of monitoring him before the healing process can be assessed.

John claimed he was burnt by police officers after he refused to admit to being involved in an incident of housebreaking and larceny near his Indian Walk, Moruga home.

Southern Division Senior Superintendent of Police, Cecil Santana, on Monday said an investigation has been launched and reports have been submitted by the officers concerning the alleged incident.

Following the story in the Saturday Express, Atwater was contacted by the Police Complaints Authority (PCA). 

Atwater visited the PCA’s office yesterday. Her son is still being treated at hospital under police guard.

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