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Shot man left unattended for hours

By NALINEE SEELAL Tuesday, May 27 2014

THE BODY of a man was left unattended for more than one hour on a stretcher outside the Freeport Health Centre yesterday after medical workers refused to take possession of the body because there was no District Medical Officer (DMO) to pronounce the man dead.

Additionally, inclement weather resulted in the body of the man being exposed to sun and rain and it was not until more than an hour after the body finally ordered removed to the Forensic Science Centre for an autopsy.

Robert Mayrand, 24, of Goorahoo Trace, Chase Village died minutes after he was shot at about 11.30 am yesterday. He was in company with his 20-year-old cousin Joshua Cabrallis who was also shot.

Mayrand and his cousin were at their Gooharoo Trace home when they were confronted by two men armed with guns. The gunmen opened fire on the cousins striking Mayrand in the back of his head while Cabrallis was shot in his lower back. When the gunmen fled the scene the two bleeding cousins were taken to the Freeport Health facility by a truck driver.

According to reports when the truck driver arrived with the bleeding men at the Health facility he was told that Mayrand had died.

The truck driver asked that the body be removed from his vehicle so that he could proceed to his workplace, but was told that because there was no DMO present, the body could not be moved from the truck.

The frustrated truck driver threatened to place the body on the pavement outside the facility but was told this would be inhumane and to wait for the DMO’s arrival.

Newsday understands it was only after the truck driver began to argue was the body eventually removed from the tray of the truck, placed on a stretcher and left outside the health facility. The body was left unattended for all to see.

Police officers from the Freeport police station who responded to the report also attempted to secure the body but received no cooperation from medical personnel. The body, remained outside the health facility for an hour before it was ordered removed to the Forensic Science Centre.

Newsday attempted to speak with Senior doctors at the health facility who said they were not authorised to speak with the media on the matter. Efforts to reach Minister of Health Dr Fuad Khan also proved futile.

A party of officers led by Senior Superintendent Johnny Abraham and including Inspector Terrence Williams and Sgts Linus Benjamin and Jitindra Toolaram visited the scene of the shooting death and carried out a search for the gunmen. Investigations are continuing.

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