Sunday 24 March, 2019

Drowned prisoner's body to be released to family

The body of prisoner 39-year-old Unil Phillip was due to be released to his family this week. 

Phillip, police said, drowned after an escape attempt by sea from the Carrera Island Prison on December 13.

On Monday morning his body was found floating in the waters of the Gulf of Paria near Platform 14 in Trinmar’s North Field.

His left hand had been severed and there appeared to be small marks of violence on the corpse. However, it is believed that these wounds would have taken place post-mortem.

An autopsy performed the following day at the Forensic Science Center in St James confirmed that he had drowned.

Phillip’s body had not been given to the family following the autopsy, however, something which had upset the grieving family at the time.

However, the body was expected to be released on Wednesday to relatives.

Police sources noted that due to the circumstances, that Phillip was in the care of the State at the time of his death as he had been a prisoner, the body had to be reclaimed by the State until the appropriate paperwork had been completed and a report of the incident with all documents, including the autopsy report, given to officials at the Ministry of National Security.

This process, sources said, had been completed on Wednesday and as such the body was expected to be released to the family.

The 39-year-old Rio Claro man had been convicted on arms and ammunition charges and was serving six years’ imprisonment with hard labour.

More on this as it becomes available.

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