Sunday 31 May, 2020

Frustration growing among relatives of HWT lockup ‘suicide’ victim

Desreen Morris, who died at the Half-Way Tree Police Station a week ago.

Desreen Morris, who died at the Half-Way Tree Police Station a week ago.

Despite the protocol involved, after approximately a week since the passing of Desreen Morris in custody at the Half-Way Tree Police Station in St Andrew, family members of the deceased, whose body was found hanging in the holding area of the station, believe that they are getting the runaround from the authorities on the matter.

Reports have suggested that Morris used a piece of her clothing to hang herself while in custody.

“Right now all we getting is the runaround. We have made several attempts to view her body and have been told that we will have to wait until a postmortem is conducted,” Loraine Morris, sister of the decease, told Loop News.

Left disappointed with this news, the family member said they have been trying to find out the date of the postmortem, but are yet to hear from authorities.

“Right now we feel disappointed with how they are dealing with us; so many questions and so few answers,” said another family member.

They said with so many unanswered questions, their biggest hope now is with the Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM), which they are hoping will speed up their own investigation into the matter.

And as the family member seek answers, Loop News has received information about the possible charge that was against Morris that resulted in a bench warrant being issued for her arrest.

Checks have revealed that in 2016, Morris may have been brought before the court on an assault charge that stemmed from an argument with a member of her community.

“We have heard those reports, but we have not gotten anything concrete,” said a family member, who lamented that even if that was the case, the situation did not have to reach to the stage where a life has been lost.

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