Coroner Manila Renee today adjourned the inquiry into the 2017 unnatural death of Corey Antonio Best until early next year at his mother’s request.
When the case was called this morning around 10 a.m. in the Coroner’s Court located at Cane Garden, St Thomas, police officers and forensic analysts were ready to give their evidence.
However, the deceased’s mother, Angela Best, told Coroner Renee that not only was she not feeling well but she also wanted an adjournment in order to seek legal representation. Best explained that she was now in the process of getting a lawyer and “to raise funds”.
However, Coroner Renee was perplexed by the request.
“Because madam I don’t understand . . . this office received so many letters on your behalf to have this case expedited and we tried to get everything in order for you at the expense of other matters. Now that we are ready to proceed with the case, we have witnesses coming, how long of an adjournment are you seeking?” the coroner questioned, even as Best admitted that her family had a lawyer previously.
Renee went on to explain that persons were on vacation and on sick leave and had to be called in to facilitate the inquiry given the volume of letters the office kept receiving that indicated that the mother wanted the matter to start.
However, the coroner made it clear that the court would facilitate the mother’s request after she asked for a three-week adjournment. But given that other cases are already on the docket for hearing, the mother agreed that she would prefer a January date.
The inquiry into her son’s unnatural death was therefore adjourned until January 7, 2019.
The 33-year-old deceased formerly of Hopefield, Charnocks, Christ Church, was found hanging about 3 a.m. on April 13, 2017, in a cell while in custody at Oistins Police Station.
This past Monday consultant pathologist Dr Corinthia Dupuis who conduct the autopsy on Best’s body revealed that he died of asphyxia secondary to hanging.