Wednesday 18 September, 2019

Keshan’s autopsy set for Wednesday amid continued family concerns

Keshan

Keshan

A post-mortem date has finally been set for dancehall entertainer, Keshan, who was shot dead over a month ago in Old Harbour, St Catherine.

"Her autopsy date is set for Wednesday (August 21)," Peteisha Brown, Keshan's sister, told Loop Jamaica reporter Claude Mills.

A thanksgiving service for the entertainer is scheduled for Sunday, September 8 at the Spring Village Seventh Day Adventist Church in St Catherine

The Brown family had to wait more than a month to get an autopsy date. But at some point in the future, bereaved families may not have to added burden of waiting months for autopsies to be conducted.

Earlier this year, National Security Minister, Dr Horace Chang, promised that a state-of-the-art autopsy suite is to be constructed soon, to facilitate more efficient and effective operation by the island's six local forensic pathologists.

Construction is slated to begin on the facility during this fiscal year, and has been budgeted to cost some $200 million.

The facility is expected to allow for an increase in the number of autopsies that can be performed, and a consequent reduction in the waiting time for autopsy reports.

Currently, the forensic pathology service is conducted throughout the island at private morgues and at hospitals, which were not designed to provide medical-legal autopsy services.

Meanwhile, the Brown family is gearing up for a protracted legal battle to get ‘justice’ for the loss of Keshan’s life.

Fitzroy Brown, father of the deceased entertainer, has indicated that he will be retaining the services of an attorney to ensure that a thorough investigation is conducted into the death of his daughter. 

"The Old Harbour police have not given us any good argument on the progress of the investigation. The investigating officer is a Mr…, and whenever I go there, I cannot get any information, so I am starting to believe (that) they are trying to sweep it under the carpet," the distraught father said.

The dancehall artiste died at the hands of her lover, a licensed firearm holder, who shot and killed her on July 20 during a reportedly violent dispute in Old Harbour, St Catherine.

Keshan, whose real name is Kenneisha Brown, was known for songs such as ‘Bubble Yuh Body’, 'Kill or Die' and ‘The Goods’, all of which she recorded with incarcerated dancehall star, Vybz Kartel.

"Police personnel have been telling me that my daughter mash up the man car, almost like dem a tek side with him, like him have links with the police. All them do so far (I understand) is take his firearm and warn him for prosecution, because (I believe) they feel the case will rule as self-defence. But how him get stab three times and could still drive her to the hospital after him shoot her?" the father asked.

"If you are a licensed firearm holder in a dispute with your woman, the first option cannot be to shoot her... I am going to make sure that Keshan gets 'justice'," he added.

As the regulatory body mandated to govern private firearm ownership in Jamaica, the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) has taken a keen note of the number of reports and incidents of alleged domestic abuse involving licensed firearm holders over recent months. In a release on its website, the authority vowed "to deal decisively and swiftly with these incidents of (alleged) abuse,” and said it “will be taking a zero-tolerant approach".

Additionally, the FLA said it will be writing to the chief justice to request a partnership with the Family Court, in order to receive reports on any case before the court under the Domestic Violence Act, which involves licensed firearm holders.

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