PORT OF SPAIN – A Las Lomas family is asking for answers after
one of its relatives was found dead in a cell at Arouca Police Station
Police said Kevin Singh committed suicide by slamming himself
against the walls of the cell after he was arrested for larceny of
a motor vehicle.
His relatives, however, said they did not believe the police’s version
of how he met his death and are calling for a full-scale investigation.
Officers reported Singh, 30, after his arrest, was placed in a cell at
the station on Saturday morning.
Upon going to the cell around 12.30 p.m. to provide Singh with
lunch, he was found motionless. At the time, he was the only prisoner
in the cell, said police.
They added that the Emergency Health Service was later called in,
with paramedics pronouncing him dead.
Speaking to the media at their Las Lomas #1 home yesterday, Singh’s
relatives said they were unaware he had been arrested until they
received a telephone call from officers of Las Lomas Police Post on
Saturday night that they were urgently needed at the Arouca station.
They said upon going to the station, they were informed Singh,
a taxi-driver, was arrested and later killed himself.
Marissa Ramesar, one of Singh’s cousins, said by the time they
arrived at the station they did not have the opportunity to view his body, as it had already been removed.
She said the car Singh was arrested for being in possession of belonged to him and was not stolen, as was being
claimed by the officers.
One of his aunts said Singh was asthmatic, but she did not believe this contri buted to his death.
She said just days ago, he complained to her that he was not feeling well as a result of the illness.
The woman said she offered him some of her asthma medication, which he accepted. “The next day he told me that
the asthma not bother ing him again. He said that he was feeling real good after taking the medicine, so I don’t think it
was the asthma,” she said.
They said they were calling on the relevant authorities to conduct a full investigation into how Singh died.