Greaves’ funeral today
DESPITE not receiving the pathology report outlining the exact cause of death of her son, the mother of Christopher Greaves is pushing ahead with his funeral, which is expected to take place later this afternoon.
Annette Greaves told reporters at her Fifth Street, Beetham Gardens, home yesterday that up to late evening, she was not given a copy of the report following the autopsy, which took place on Tuesday morning at the Forensic Science Centre in St James.
The woman said following the autopsy, she was shown a copy of the document by one of the investigators from the Police Complaints Authority (PCA), who was present during the autopsy.
The PCA intervened in the matter after residents at Beetham Gardens staged two days of fiery protest, stating that Geaves was murdered at the hands of the police.
“With all of the medical terms, I could not understand what the doctor wrote. The investigator said they would be keeping the autopsy (report) as evidence as they continue to investigate the circumstances,” she said.
Although a copy of the autopsy report was not obtained, the registration of death document at the Port of Spain Hospital stated Greaves was killed by bullet wounds to “the left back chest”.
The 23-year-old man was killed by police on Sunday evening as he made his way back home from a shop just two streets from where he lived.
Police said he was seen with a firearm in his possession—a claim that has been dismissed by residents.
Annette Greaves said all was in place to have the funeral today at the Open Bible Church in Morvant at 2 p.m.
She said despite not getting her own copy of the report, it was explained to her by the PCA investigator that there were bullet fragments scattered inside her son’s body.
“So I want to know if it is a shotgun or something they used to kill my son, because with an ordinary gun the bullet might just go in and out in one piece. It is only a shotgun or some other type of scatter-shot gun that would do this,” she said.
Prior to making the statement to the media, she was paid a visit by Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley, Member of Parliament for the area Nileung Hypolite and Laventille East/Morvant MP Donna Cox, as they staged a walkabout in the area.
Rowley told the woman he was sympathetic to her cause and urged her to continue to stay strong in her time of grief.
“You are not forgotten, you are not abandoned and you are not alone,” he said.
He said, he knew it was a difficult time for the Greaves family, but he advised them to allow the relevant authorities to conduct their investigations into her son’s killing.
Annette Greaves said she was thankful for the visit paid to her family by the Opposition Leader, MPs and director of the PCA Gillian Lucky.
“But if I do not get justice from man, I would get justice from God. This is how I am so strong. I am a praying woman. I am strong because of Jesus Christ,” she told Rowley.
On Tuesday Lucky visited Greaves, ensuring her the PCA was an independent body which would carry out a full-scale investigation into her son’s death.
Lucky said ballistic testing would also be done on the weapon police claimed Greaves had in his possession when he was killed.
Greaves will be buried at the Tunapuna Public Cemetery following the funeral service.