Saturday 18 January, 2020

Man dies at hospital following beating by Oropune Gardens residents

It is a story which has taken several twists and turns since it was reported via mainstream and social media.

But, the facts are as follows; 49-year-old Ashdale Mc Hutchinson was badly beaten by residents of Oropune Gardens last Wednesday. The Lopinot man was declared brain dead around 5 pm at the ICU of the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC) on Sunday. He died one hour later.

Last week, residents initially indicated that the man tried to snatch a six-year-old girl away from her family and friends. The accused was labelled a paedophile and was severely battered until his eyes became bloodshot, his speech incoherent and he was bleeding from the ears.

The story later changed. Mc Hutchinson, who at the time remained unidentified, was accused of trying to lure the child away telling her, “come baby come, you are my cousin”.

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While police work to determine the truth of the matter, Mc Hutchinson's death is being treated as a homicide.

On the night of the incident, Arouca police responded to a report that a man was lying unconscious on the ground near Oropune Gardens.

Officers were told that about an hour earlier, the unidentified man had attempted to lure a six-year-old girl away from her group and that the child fled and informed her parents.

The girl’s mother reportedly confronted the man and there was said to be a struggle between the two.

The man then fled the scene and hid in some bushes.

The woman raised an alarm and residents of the area set fire to bushes in the area in an attempt to draw out the individual. When he ran out, he was caught by a mob and beaten. He suffered burns to the body and was hogtied.

Videos of the incident are currently being circulated on social media.

A daily newspaper is reporting that Mc Hutchinson’s family wants justice for their loved one who grew up in an extended family with tons of cousins.

They say he was innocent.


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