Family of dead Nigerian man want their own post mortem

THE family of Daniel Timothy Chinedu would like their own post mortem done on his body.

THE family of the Nigerian man who died in police custody on Saturday want their own post mortem done on his body.

Daniel Timothy Chinedu (32) died shortly after he was arrested by police for being in possession of drugs.

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An investigation by IPID to determine the cause of death has since been launched after claims from the police that Chinedu died after swallowing the drugs.

His family and witnesses on the other hand believe the husband and father of three was suffocated to death by police, who they say covered his head with a plastic bag.

As a result the cousin of Chinedu, Edmond Onteka, says the family will seek their own private pathologist to conduct a post mortem. Onteka was there when Chinedu was arrested by police on West Street in front of his (Onteka’s) shop, he told EXPRESS.

According to IPID spokesperson, Robby Raburabu, the state’s post mortem on Chinedu’s body has been completed on Monday but the full results will only be released once all investigations have been finalised. “We still need to get statements from eyewitnesses who claim they saw what happened on the day of the man’s death,” Raburabu confirmed.

But, Raburabu says, if the family of the victim would like to conduct their own post mortem, they would have to do so in line with SA’s laws.

“Although the family had mentioned to us that they would like their own post mortem done, they know they have to do this in conjunction with the state, which they still haven’t approached us for,” he concluded.

 

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Nolwazi Dhlamini
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