With the funeral service for 12-year-old Shemar Weekes scheduled for 10 o’clock tomorrow at the St Patrick’s Anglican church, the official file into his death remains open.
In a brief interview with Barbados TODAY, Coroner Manila Renee confirmed that she had received the final report of the autopsy carried out by Dr Sainagendra Prasad Kadiyala on the body of the late Coleridge & Parry School student, which has since been released to his family for burial.
However, Renee indicated that the inquest into the death of the late Fryers Well, Checker Hall, St Lucy resident, who was found hanging at his home on May 14, was not likely to take place until some time next year.
The Coroner explained that she was currently dealing with a backlog of cases, including the formal inquest into the electrocution of fire officer Chrisopher ‘German’ Edwards on December 15, 2010, who died while responding to an emergency call at Station Hill, St Peter, and that into the drowning death of a Canadian national, who was discovered wearing all his diving gear.
“By the end of next year, I should be more updated,” the Coroner said.
In the meantime, lawmen have indicated that while Shemar’s file had not been sent on to the Director of Public Prosecutions for criminal charges, they were still not ruling out anything at this stage, pending the completion of their investigations into the boy’s death.