I MISS YOU
By Ryan Hamilton-Davis Wednesday, July 2 2014
“I will never forget you, I promise.”
This is what seven-year-old Sarah Ghany wrote in a heartfelt letter written to her deceased father, Jahwi Ghany, who died while in police custody last week.
The letter read: “I miss you very much, I know you are missing me too. You are the best daddy in the whole wide world. I will always remember the fun things we liked to do, like ride motorbikes, play and put my sister on top of me when I wake up in the morning. I will never forget you I promise.”
The letter also had a drawing of a rectangle and triangle, called “A picture and symbol”, on which Sarah wrote: “I love you daddy”.
A copy of the letter was buried with Ghany who was laid to rest under Muslim rites last Saturday.
Sarah’s vow in her father’s memory comes as the family struggle to understand how he died.
Ghany was arrested on June 24 at about 2 pm for a “small smoke” and two hours later he was pronounced dead at the Chaguanas District Health Facility. He had collapsed in a cell at the Chaguanas Police Station, complaining of chest pains followed by vomiting.
Autopsy reports prepared by pathologists at the Forensic Science Centre (FSC) in St James said Ghany died from heart congestion. However, a picture taken of the 31-year-old father of two, motionless on a thin foam mattress, frothing at his mouth while he was still in the cell prompted the family to have an independent autopsy which suggested he died from a head trauma.
Pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov said he and Dr Eastlyn McDonald Burris conducted the first autopsy at the FSC and he dismissed the findings of the second autopsy report by Dr Hubert Daisley as “absolute nonsense”. Further findings made by the FSC pathologists after testing the heart and brain of Ghany confirmed to them he died from a rare heart condition. Despite the further findings of the FSC pathologists, relatives of Ghany maintain there was foul play at hand. In separate interviews with Newsday, Ghany’s mother and wife insisted Ghany had no heart condition and was in good health.
“Obviously they will say anything to save themselves from being under scrutiny. Jahwi was a healthy, bike racer. How could a person be a racer and have such a condition?” said Ghany’s wife, Nash.
His mother, Yashmeen Ghany, said she was told of her son’s death at about 4 pm on Tuesday last. Since then she has been “a wreck”.
She had many unanswered questions about what happened to her son while in police custody.
“He was my only child. He was all I had. Had he crashed his bike and died I would have been able to deal with it but I can’t come to terms with (this),” Yashmeen lamented.
“His first daughter still doesn’t understand what is going on. After the funeral she told me, ‘Granny they put a board over daddy and covered him up and he wouldn’t be able to see. Could you carry a candle for him and some sandwiches because he would be hungry’,” she said.
Yashmeen said she did not know what the family will do with her son’s heart and the brain when they are returned to them. The organs remained at the FSC after the tests.
The family can only hope that the imam who arranged last Saturday’s burial will make an exception and bury Ghany’s heart and the brain. Yesterday the family returned to the FSC to retrieve the heart and brain, however the organs were not released. The family is expected to try again today.