Detained man found hanging in police lock ups

Detained man found hanging in police lock ups

The Police Office of Professional Responsibility has launched an investigation into the death of a 22-year-old man who was found hanging in a cell at the East Ruimveldt Police Outpost on Thursday night.

The dead man has been identified as Tiffon Peters of East Ruimveldt. He was arrested by the police on Wednesday after being fingered in a simple larceny case. He was expected to appear in court on Friday to answer the charges.

According to a police statement, the man’s body was found hanging in the lock-ups from his shirt just around 7:30 pm on Thursday. The police report said the shirt had been stripped into a “cloth-rope” and tied to the metal grill work of the lock ups.

“Tiffon Peters was in the lock-ups with another prisoner who was awakened by gasping sounds and alerted the police after seeing him hanging. He was taken to the GPHC where he was pronounced dead on arrival”, the police report stated.

Scores of persons gathered outside the outpost as news of the man’s death quickly spread to the nearby communities. Many persons were questioning the police report of the incident. ┬áSome of those gathered pointed to the small size of the police outpost and wanted to know how could it be possible for someone to commit suicide by hanging and not be noticed by the police officers who are stationed in the small road side building.

The investigations are continuing.

 

Filed: 22nd January, 2015

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