Saturday 25 May, 2019

Biche man's death ruled accidental

Brandon Sampath

Brandon Sampath

The death of Brandon Sampath at his Biche home on Monday has been deemed accidental.

Investigators believe that Sampath died when a home-made shotgun he was cleaning exploded.

According to police reports, around 7:30 pm on Monday, police received a report that Sampath had been killed.

Upon responding they found his body in a drain near a garden at the family’s home along La Salle Road, Biche.

The area was cordoned off and crime scene investigators found the shotgun about 20 feet from the scene. Relatives were questioned, and police were told that Rampath, who was employed at the Ministry of Works, was cleaning the weapon when it discharged.

Police were told that a relative, who was fearful that the other family members may face arrest for the discovery of the weapon, initially moved the weapon after the incident.

Based on statements recorded from relatives, as well as the results of the autopsy performed at the Forensic Science Centre, police believe that Sampath was preparing to go hunting when the weapon exploded.

The incident appeared to be a freak accident.

Investigations are continuing. 

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