Cops visit family
By ALEXANDER BRUZUAL Wednesday, January 9 2013
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SEEKING INFO: A policeman leaves the Petit Bourg home of dead soldier Curtis Marshall yesterday after interviewing relatives of Marshall, one day afte...
ONE DAY after Lance Corporal Curtis Marshall’s funeral and burial, his relatives were yesterday visited by police detectives as investigations into the soldier’s death are continuing.
Shortly after two o’clock yesterday afternoon, two plain clothes police officers arrived at Marshall’s home on Bushe Street, Petit Bourg and made their way to the house where the soldier’s wife Ashlyn John Marshall lives.
The officers — a man and woman reportedly from the Homicide Bureau of Investigations — later questioned Marshall’s wife and other relatives. The process took more than three hours, as the officers left the house sometime after 5 pm.
Marhsall’s brother Dennis is glad the police are still treating his brother’s death seriously.
“We’ve heard contradicting reports from the two pathologists who were involved in the matter initially, and then statements of opinion from officials at the Defence Force. Right now, we are just so thankful and grateful that Dr Valery Alexandrov has agreed to assist us and we are awaiting his final report.
“We need closure in this matter and the presence of the officers yesterday was very reassuring to members of my family, because we feel at the very least, the police are still working to come to the bottom of this as well,” Dennis said.
Speaking yesterday, Govern-ment pathologist Dr Alexandrov revealed that a CT-scan on the soldier’s brain, which he hoped to carry out tomorrow at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, has been postponed to another day.
“Originally there was an oral arrangement between myself and officials at the hospital. However, since then I have received information that they would like the request to officially be put in writing so they could respond as such and there would be appropriate records to reflect the time and use of the machine,” Alexandrov said.
The Lance Corporal was found dead at the Defence Force Headquarters on December 29. Since then an autopsy was carried out by Pathologist Dr Eastlyn Mc Donald-Burris who found that asphyxiation was the cause of death. However there are conflicting views on whether foul play was behind Marshall’s death.
On New Year’s Day, Professor Hubert Daisley conducted a preliminary investigation into the matter and told relatives and Defence Force officials, foul play was behind Marshall’s death. He even claimed the soldier appeared to have been beaten on the head and lower neck with a blunt instrument.
Last week Friday, both Mc Donald-Burris and Daisley carried out further tests on Marshall’s brain following which, Daisley claimed that his finding on New Year’s Day, may have been wrong and Marshall may have died from an acute Asthma attack. On Sunday, Dr Alexandrov conducted a second autopsy which indicated the solider could have indeed been strangled. Blood and tissue samples were then taken and are expected to be examined in the coming days to reach a final decision.