Sunday 13 October, 2019

Autopsy ordered for prisoner found dead in cell

Just hours after a prison officer was murdered in Princes Town, a prisoner was found dead in his cell – at the same prison where the slain officer worked.

While no foul play is suspected, an autopsy was ordered to confirm the cause of death of the prisoner.

The deceased was identified as Stephen Robinson, 56.

He was incarcerated on a manslaughter charge and was serving a term of life in prison at the Maximum Security Prison in Arouca for the death of security guard Anson John in January 2002.

Initially, Robinson was found guilty of murder, however, his case was appealed and due to a diagnosis of mental illness, Robinson's charge was reduced to manslaughter.

He was found dead around 4 pm on Wednesday by an infirmary officer at his cell.

The police and district medical officer for the area were notified and visited the prison.

When officers arrived they did not observe any marks of violence on the prisoner.

They were also told that the deceased had been ailing for some time, and it is believed he died as a result of natural causes.

 

 

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