Trinidad-based forensic pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov says he has not been invited to perform the autopsy on the body of 12-year-old Shemar Weekes.
However, the Russian-born expert, who has been retained by other Caribbean countries, told Barbados TODAY he would welcome the opportunity to do so, following reports that a forensic expert would have to be brought in to carry out the procedure on the body of the former Coleridge & Parry student.
On Tuesday, a post-mortem examination of the body got underway at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, but was halted to pave the way for a more detailed forensic analysis.
Dr Alexandrov, a forensic expert of 44 years experience, described Weekes’ case as sensitive, particularly since it was an unusual occurrence for Barbados.
The expert, who has performed close to 40,000 procedures, said while suicides among children were distressing, it was nothing new.
“For example in Trinidad, where there were several cases involving young girls or young boys who committed suicide, they were victims of abuse or being bullied at school,” he said, while noting that the most common means were hanging and poisoning.