Allegations of Cover-Up Surrounding Mannie James’ Shooting Death Raise Concerns


REAL NEWS: Insiders allege that a huge cover-up appears to be in the making in relation to the shooting death of Mannie James, the Bendals resident who was shot while running from Police and Defence Force personnel on July 31.

Sources tell REAL News that, on September 6, Government Pathologist Dr. Petra Nanton-Miller performed an autopsy on James’ body, which reportedly had been viewed by Coroner Conliffe Clarke before the post mortem examination began.

On conclusion, the sources say, the pathologist issued a death certificate that listed the causes of death, which included injuries to James’ spleen and abdomen.

However, the insiders say, none of these injuries were specifically tied to the gun shots the victim sustained – leaving the matter open to speculation that James might have otherwise been injured.

What is more worrying, the sources allege, is that, following the autopsy, the Coroner issued a “warrant to bury after view.” This rules out the need for an inquest – which is mandatory whenever someone dies in custody of the government forces – the
sources say, with some alarm.

The “warrant to bury after view” means that the funeral home can proceed to bury the corpse, the insiders explain. And if the body remains unclaimed by relatives for too long, this week’s amendment to the legislation – once signed off by the Governor-General – would mean that the Government could arrange for the burial to take place after 14 days.

In the absence of a Coroner’s Inquest, the sources fear, no legal action will be taken against the officers involved in James’ shooting death and they would never face trial.

Accordingly, the sources are advising James’ family to monitor the funeral home closely while they move to file an injunction to prevent the body being buried.

Other legal sources say the victim’s family members should write to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and request that a Coroner’s Inquest take place before James is buried.

Meanwhile, the insiders say the Police authorities have remained tight lipped on the post mortem and its findings, with information being shared only with the very top level of the administration.

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  1. They can hide from man, bit they cannot hide from the Almighty God Jehovah. Who don’t pay the just will pay the unjust. They really think covering up this will do them any good?

    • People don’t worry those officers involved…will surely pay. My prayers goes to James family as I know the family will still try to come to terms and grips of this senseless killing of Mannie James. Keep praying guys. Justice will be served in the hands of the Almighty. I’m pretty much sure the officer or officers who pulled that trigger have children. It’s just a matter of time.

  2. It makes one wonder, how many cases like this have been swept under the carpet and justice has not been served?

    My dad use to tell me all the time, “Sonny Boy, when you see people who know better, do suspicious things, it is for a reason”.

    This story has caused me to ponder on those words.

    It is for the public to make sure that justice is served, whatever that may be.

  3. @Beef, I am with you here. How many things are they covering up? This whole country is corrupt, from top to bottom, with many ranking officials and public servants right in the middle.
    We begin to uncover the cover ups, corruption when we get rid of this ALP government. Nothing really works here; police,DPP, ONDCP, the port, immigration, bar association, social security board, you name it,it’s dysfunctional and riddled with corruption.

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