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Prisoner died from blunt force trauma
Kevin Singh, the Las Lomas taxi driver who was found dead in a cell at the Arouca police station on Saturday, died of internal injuries and blunt force trauma to various parts of his body. This was the finding of a post-mortem by forensic pathologist Dr Hughvon Des Vignes at the Forensic Science Centre, St James yesterday morning. Police sources said Des Vignes could not conclusively rule whether Singh’s injuries were self-inflicted or if foul play was involved. A first division police officer is expected to be assigned later this week to investigate Singh’s death. A source close to the investigation said Singh’s death was a suicide, despite also saying: “He was throwing himself against the walls of the cell.”
However, relatives denied these claims and said they could not think of a reason why Singh would want kill himself. Singh, 30, of Las Lomas No 1, was arrested on Saturday morning in relation to the theft of a car. Shortly after midday, police went to check on him, and found him lying unconscious in the cell. He was pronounced dead on the scene by paramedics. Singh was the only prisoner in the cell at the time. The Police Complaints Authority has already assigned an officer to oversee the investigation.
Meanwhile, police are seeking the public’s assistance to help identify a murdered woman whose body was found at the bottom of a cliff in Salybia on Sunday morning. Police said the victim is light-skinned, of African descent, a little over five feet tall and in her 20s. Eastern division police found the body after receiving an anonymous tip-off on Sunday morning. They suspect she was sexually assaulted but said they would wait for an autopsy to confirm this. A post-mortem will be performed once she is identified by relatives, investigators said. Members of the public with information which may help solve the murder or which would assist with her identification can contact the Matura Police at 668-4582.
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