BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA: Steven Abdool

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Prisoner died from beating

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By Susan Mohammed susan.mohammed@trinidadexpress.com

PRISONER Steven Abdool died as a result of multiple blunt force trauma, the day after he suffered a beating at the hands of prison officers when he allegedly attempted to escape from Golden Grove Prison, Arouca. 

An autopsy on the body of Abdool, 22, was performed yesterday at Forensic Science Centre, St James. 

Abdool’s mother, Veena Abdool, 41, of Pranz Gardens, Claxton Bay, said she is demanding justice for her son’s death, whom she was told was beaten brutally at the hands of prison officers. 

“It seems that what the prisoners are saying is true. We heard that about 50 officers beat him for about one hour. I need justice for my son. He died of licks and that cannot be right. Things could be solved in a different way,” the mother said. 

The autopsy was performed by pathologist Dr Hughvon Des Vignes, who also found that Abdool suffered a broken ankle. 

The Prisons Service confirmed that Steven Abdool suffered injuries when he was caught by prison officers and tried to fight back. 

Steven Abdool was awaiting trial in the High Court for the murder of security guard Holly Matthews. 

Matthews, 47, who was employed with Pentagon Security Services, was shot dead on August 6, 2011, while on duty at Park View Supermarket, at SS Erin Road, Palmiste, near San Fernando. 

Wendell Bompart, head of communications of the Trinidad and Tobago Prisons Service, told the Express last week that Abdool and another inmate were caught attempting to escape  the remand  facility at Golden Grove. 

Bompart said Abdool and the other prisoner were “subdued” after they attacked prison officers instead of yielding to instructions. 

Bompart said the prison officers who subdued the prisoners were treated at the prison infirmary for their injuries.

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