Family of man killed in prison hauls the AG and Police Commissioner to court claiming they are liable for his death

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SOURCE- OBSERVER NEWSCO-The sister and the son of murdered detainee, Leroy Caesar is suing the Commissioner of Police and by extension the Office of the Attorney General for negligence, which they believe led to the death of their family member.

The duo argue that Caesar should not have been placed in the same cell with another inmate who was known to have mental issues.

The 64-year-old died in the custody of law enforcement on December 29th, 2021 after getting into a scuffle with prisoner Ziggy Beazer, who shortly after the altercation was deemed “unfit to stand trial” because of mental health reasons.

Caesar’s cause of death was listed as multiple trauma with bilateral rib fractures, penetrating lung injuries, hemothorax, penetrating liver injuries and hemoperitoneum which means that he had multiple internal injuries.

The deceased man’s sister, Iris Browne and his son, Elvis Caesar said that like Beazer, Caesar had also been diagnosed with a mental disorder and had been a known patient at the Clarevue Psychiatric Hospital since October 2000.

A hospital report submitted to the court on February 1st, 2022, described Caesar’s condition as “schizoaffective disorder” which is a mental health disorder that is marked by a combination of schizophrenia symptoms, such as hallucinations or delusions, and mood disorder symptoms, such as depression or mania.

The report stated that the man had a “long history of non-compliance with treatment over the years”.

Meanwhile, the man who allegedly killed Caesar was also diagnosed with a “major psychiatric illness, Schizophrenia”.

An earlier report on Beazer’s condition dated June 28th, 2019, concluded that he was “not mentally competent or fit to plea” at the time he was remanded for the death of another man.

According to the report by consultant psychiatrist, Dr Griffin Benjamin, recommendations were presented to initiate medication treatment in an attempt to stabilise Beazer’s mental functions and “arrive at the point of mental competence”. But he only received medication treatment one year later in May 2019 following a new court order on May 27, 2019.

“He manifested gross psychotic features of paranoid delusions, auditory and visual hallucinations and gross disorganisation of his behaviour and speech,” the report read.

Again, on January 18th, 2021, Dr Philmore Benjamin said he gave the impression of being mentally ill, having been brought in by his family for evaluation.

It is on that premise that the family of Leroy Caesar has applied to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) seeking damages relating to various costs incurred as well as compensation for his funeral expenses.

They are accusing the police of failing to acknowledge the “obvious risk” of detaining whom their attorney Wendel Robinson described as “two known lunatics” in the same cell; as well failing to take the necessary precautions to keep the two men separated despite a similar situation which occurred at the St John’s Police Station earlier that year.

The police, they are claiming, also failed to notify Caesar’s family of his detention and that their action or inaction, directly resulted in the incident and ultimately the death of the 64-year-old man.

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  1. What kind of pappy show is this? These refugees come here and want special treatment? Not one hapney they should get.

      • You put two documented, schizophrenics in a cell?
        You should have expected a dog,,,or even a cockroach,,to tell one or both,,to kill the other.
        The living one would then say in court, _”God spoke to me through the cockroach and told me to kill him”
        Maybe our little West Indian society needs to become more litigious,, then folks might then start taking their high paying positions more seriously.

        I say triple the cost of the funeral expenses.
        That same tripled amount,,,,paid out again,for pain and suffering.

      • Yes, if he was never allowed into the country in the first place. Antigua can’t afford to house all these foreign criminals in individual air-conditioned cells. I would pack them 10 to a cell.

    • They are doing the right thing. They are suing the Commissioner of Police and Ten Yards Attorney General.

  2. JUSTICE FOR TESSA BARTHLEY!!
    OPEN BACK THE CASE

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    OPEN BACK THE CASE

    JUSTICE FOR TESSA BARTHLEY!!!!!
    OPEN BACK THE CASE

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  3. A pitiful 5 years for human life???????????? 😲 😮

    JUSTICE FOR TESSA BARTHLEY!!
    OPEN BACK THE CASE

    JUSTICE FOR TESSA BARTHLEY!!!
    OPEN BACK THE CASE

    JUSTICE FOR TESSA BARTHLEY!!!
    OPEN BACK THE CASE

    JUSTICE FOR TESSA BARTHLEY!!!!
    OPEN BACK THE CASE

    JUSTICE FOR TESSA BARTHLEY!!!!
    OPEN BACK THE CASE

    JUSTICE FOR TESSA BARTHLEY!!!!!
    OPEN BACK THE CASE

    JUSTICE FOR TESSA BARTHLEY!!!!!
    OPEN BACK THE CASE

    JUSTICE FOR TESSA BARTHLEY!!!!!
    OPEN BACK THE CASE

    JUSTICE FOR TESSA BARTHLEY!!!!
    OPEN BACK THE CASE

  4. The Police could not care less about the individual they arrest or where they are kept unless he/she has some influence eg PM’s son, a well known doctor’s child or close relative….Nothing will become of this…They will continue to do whatever they feel like with the nobodies so be a good citizen and u wont have to visit our medieval dungeons…

  5. Is something they always doing look at the young man from potters that almost lost his eyes with atooth brush wicked he wiched sue him is something they love to do wicked

  6. One thing to go to jail, another to be of unsound mind and be in the same cell with another nut.
    I agree, sue them if the facts are there to build a strong case.
    this is clear negligence and after all he’s still a human being somebody’s family, blood.

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