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Daisley blanks family seeking report

By Joel Julien joel.julien@trinidadexpress.com

MEMBERS of the Marshall family were left "waiting in vain" yesterday for the final autopsy report on deceased soldier Lance Corporal Curtis Marshall by pathologist Dr Hubert Daisley.

Two Saturdays ago, Marshall, 31, was found lying in an unconscious state in the vicinity of the clothing and equipment stores at the Defence Force Headquarters in Chaguaramas.

He was taken to the Community Hospital of Seventh-Day Adventists in Cocorite where he was pronounced dead less than two hours later.

An autopsy was performed at the Forensic Science Centre in Federation Park, St James, by Dr Eslyn McDonald-Burris on December 31 last year.

The results of that autopsy concluded Marshall was strangled.

On January 1, preliminary results of a second autopsy conducted by Daisley at Simpson's Memorial Funeral Chapel in Laventille confirmed the results of the first autopsy.

Daisley also stated Marshall was dealt several blows to the back of the head.

Last Friday, however, Daisley conducted further tests on Marshall's body and came to the conclusion the soldier was not murdered but, instead, may have died as a result of an asthma attack.

During Marshall's funeral service on Monday, his uncle Jeffrey Marshall publicly thanked Daisley for "messing up" the family when he came "with an entirely different story".

Daisley was scheduled to present his final autopsy results to the family yesterday.

Dennis Marshall, the dead soldier's brother, said the family was unable to get in contact with Daisley yesterday despite several calls to his phone.

"We were supposed to get Daisley's final report today but we were left waiting in vain. We tried calling him but nothing; he not answering. We not hearing anything from him," Dennis Marshall said.

Dr Valery Alexandrov, who co-signed McDonald-Burris's autopsy report, also conducted a third autopsy on Marshall.

Alexandrov reiterated that Marshall died from strangulation.

Homicide investigators are continuing enquiries into Marshall's death.

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