Thursday 18 July, 2019

Badly beaten Lopinot man's death becomes murder investigation

Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams is cautioning members of the public against engaging in acts of vigilantism.

He made the comment following the death of Ashdale Mc Hutchinson, 47, who succumbed to injuries at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex on Sunday after being beaten by a group of persons at Oropune Gardens, Piarco, on May 30.

According to a release from the TTPS, the man's death is now being treated as a murder.

“With the death of Mr Mc Hutchinson, the matter has been elevated to a murder investigation which is being conducted by the Homicide Bureau of Investigations.”

The acting top cop said while members of the public are legally allowed to make a citizens’ arrest, they are in no way allowed to use excessive force to apprehend a suspect.

“Commissioner Williams affirmed that the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service neither supports nor condones any form of so-called ‘vigilante justice’. He notes that while the law provides authority for citizens to effect what is referred to as a ‘citizens’ arrest’ for an arrestable offence, those provisions do not authorise citizens to use more force than is necessary, in effecting such an arrest - per the Criminal Law Act Chap.10:04 S.3.”

An arrestable offence is an offence of a serious nature with a penalty of at least five years imprisonment; it includes offences such as robbery, rape, burglary and breakings and serious reports of wounding.

 

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