A 35-year-old man who was detained at the East Ruimveldt police outpost lock-up on Friday night was found dead early Saturday evening in the detention cell.
The dead man has been identified as Shawn Harrinauth of East Ruimveldt Housing Scheme. He was found hanging just before 6:00pm when police officers carried out a check of the cell.
News Source understands that he may have used pieces of his clothing to hang himself. According to police investigators, the man was detained on Friday night after his wife and daughters filed a complaint against him. He reportedly went home drunk on Friday and started to physically abuse his wife and daughters. He reportedly also threatened them with a cutlass.
The man’s father said he did not even know his son was in police custody until he got a call Saturday evening to inform him that his son was found dead.
“He does take he drinks and so man and when he gets drunk he would behave bad and threaten people and so. And so that is why I think the children them and their mother made a report and had him arrested”, the man told News Source while fighting back tears.
He said he barely got a glimpse of his son’s body in the cell before the undertakers came to remove the body.
This is the second person in police custody at the same Outpost to have allegedly committed suicide for this year. An investigation is underway.