Friday, February 23, 2018

Jones' funeral delayed: family wants answers from cops

THE funeral of Nigel "Beenie Man" Jones, who was shot dead by police officers in Biche two weeks ago, has been delayed by family members demanding the police investigate what they claim is an unlawful killing.

Jones's father, Seecharan Jones, said he had the support of the residents of the area, many of whom witnessed the incident that led to the shooting on October 26.

He said police officers never visited the family to say Jones had been killed.

The only officials to visit were members of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) two days after the shooting.

Jones said mourners, many of whom blocked roads leading to the village to protest the killing, will meet at the home at Charuma Village tomorrow, and the funeral service will take place at a nearby Pentecostal church.

Police claimed they were attacked with a cutlass by Jones on the roadway in Biche, and fired a single shot that hit Jones on the right side of his body.

He was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

However, Seecharan Jones, 76, said he saw his youngest son coming from a shortcut and heading to home in Biche.

He then saw a police vehicle, and soon after noticed two police officers running, before hearing two gunshots.

Ten minutes later, he said he saw the officers carrying a person, but he was unaware it was his 32-year-old son.

He was later told his youngest child had been killed. Seecharan Jones is the father of ten.

Residents believe Jones was shot as he ran from the police officers.

Jones said his son became mentally unstable following the death of his mother 16 years ago, and the past few weeks had been very difficult for him emotionally since a "young man's future was destroyed".

He said, "We want justice... We want compensation."