Family of man who died on remand continues to demand answers

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Verel Simon

The family of Verel Simon recently gained possession of his body, four months after he was discovered dead behind the walls of Her Majesty’s Prison.

A funeral service was held Wednesday for the 20-year-old at St. John’s Pentecostal Church, as his relatives continue to press the authorities for answers surrounding his death.

Simon was on remand, charged with the murder of Corporal Clifton Common when he was found unresponsive in his cell on 22nd December, 2021.

A relative of the deceased said an autopsy was conducted on the body of the young man, and they were granted approval recently to plan his funeral after a death certificate was issued.

While they did not wish to reveal the findings of the autopsy, the family member said they are displeased with the findings of the report.

Additionally, they’ve only been told by police and prison officials that investigations are ongoing.

The family has vowed to leave no stone unturned in determining the circumstances that resulted in Simon’s death and are taking legal action to press those whose care he was entrusted to take responsibility for his demise.

Unconfirmed reports suggest Simon may have been electrocuted inside the prison, but another source said this is unlikely. There are further reports that officials are dissatisfied with the initial stages of the investigation.

Verel Simon’s death sparked public debate about how people with mental illness are incarcerated after they have committed crimes. Many are calling for holding facilities to be provided for the mentally ill at the prison where they are separated from the general population. There have also been calls for special training for law enforcement and prison officers in handling people suffering from mental illnesses.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. You are so worried about this PUBLIC NUISANCE…….WHO IS WORRIED ABOUT A LOVING SOFT SPOKEN DECENT POLICE…CLIFTON COMMON…FAMILY ESPECIALLY HIS CHILDREN….WHO.

    HE DEAD YOU ALL CAN KEEP POSTING HERE …IT MEANS NOTHING TO THE AUTHORTIES SO KEEP POSTING…

    EVENWHEN CAUSE OF DEATH IS REVEALED…like never WHO WILLBE HELD ACCOUNTABLE AND SURELY YOU WILL NEVER GET A RED CENT FROM THE GOVERNMENT….BUT KEEP WRITTING AND I WILL KEEP REBUTTING…

    • CLIFTON WAS SUCH A NICE BEAUTIFUL SOUL…VERG NICE GENTLE HUMAN…HE DDNT DESERVED TO DIE SO VIOLENTLY…I AGREE WITH YOU…WHO GIVES A FCK ABT “the public nuisance” and HIS FAMILY …INCASE YOU ALL DDNT GET THE MEMO………JUSTICE WAS ALREADY SERVED.

      • It’s unfortunate that you speak in such a manner. Seek facts and dig into your humanity. This young man was ill and did not deserve to be behind bars, he needed help and the system failed him. It’s unfortunate that the officer died, I am sure his family are remorseful for the officers family. It unfortunate all around and I hope you or no one for you suffer mental condition.

  2. Many of us don’t know much about mental health, and we have zero compassion for individuals who suffer from it.

    Verel did, after all, commit murder, as we all know. Still, we don’t seem to question his mental health or recognize that he needed professional and spiritual help.

    Consider what would happen if Verel was a member of your own family. I’m sure the responses would be very different…

    • So I guest his family should be held responsible for the murder of corporal clifton commons then? Can a civil lawsuit be filed for knowing that a mentally ill person was endangering the public?

      • The person who should be held accountable are the ones who made the policy of holding a mentally ill person in a prison cell. Police are not trained to handle mentally ill person. It’s unfortunate what happened to the officer, but if you knew this young man and know what was happening to him you would say different.

  3. Antigua ppl a some a the duncest ppl in the world. Gaston oppress them some more…
    Hope the vaccine kill them out 🤣😂

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