Tuesday 1 December, 2020

Stephen Broadbridge calls chaos at Forensics 'despicable'

A crowd of anxious and upset families waited outside of the Forensic Sciences Centre, St James, on Tuesday in a chaotic scene, after only two bodies had been sent to the Centre for autopsies to be performed. 

LoopTT understands that up to midday on Monday, 14 families were at the centre waiting for officials to carry out autopsies. 

However, up to that point, only two of the bodies had been brought to the center.

Among the persons who suffered inconvenience by today’s set backs was Stephen Broadbridge, who was there awaiting the autopsy results for his mother, 79-year-old Dr Claire Broadbridge, who had been killed on Saturday evening at her St Ann's home. 

Her throat had been slit and her home partially burned in what police suspect was a robbery gone wrong. 

(Photo: Dr Claire Broadbridge was former director of the National Museum and National Art Gallery and made indelible contributions to preserving the country's cultural heritage.)

While Stephen Broadbridge told LoopTT that, as far as he was aware, his mother’s body had been brought to the center and an autopsy was to be performed, he sympathized with the other waiting relatives.

“This is disgraceful. No beyond that, it is despicable. You cannot treat citizens like this. This is already a traumatizing situation. The death of anyone affects their relatives harshly. But now, you are taking a traumatized person and you are subjecting them to an agony like that? It’s despicable,” Broadbridge said.

Relatives were told that, for reasons unknown, police officers were not available to escort the bodies to the Center, leading to many frustrated persons expressing their disbelief.

Further complicating matters was the fact that relatives were then told that there were only two officials working at the center on Sunday, pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov, and one assistant.

Attempts to reach officials at the Ministry of National Security were not successful up to 3:00 pm on Monday. 

More as this story is updated. 

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