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Answers still pending on two high-profile deaths in St. Kitts


By Devonne Cornelius

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The coroner’s inquests into the deaths of Customs Officer Andrew Douglas and Stonefort resident Sandra Adams are incomplete despite numerous plans to make the findings of the investigations public.

On Monday, October 17, 2022, Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, Hon. Garth Wilkin, said, “I am not aware as to the status of those coroners’ inquiries but I will inquire with the necessary authorities and I’ll report to the press.”

More than two years ago on September 22, 2020, the police released a statement that “Resident Pathologist, Dr. Adrian Nunez, performed an autopsy on the body of Andrew Douglas of Molineaux on Monday, September 21, 2020. Dr. Nunez concluded that death was as a result of severe traumatic brain injury caused by a single gunshot wound to the head.”

The 21-year-old Customs Officer was found dead at Customs Department Thursday, September 17, 2020, after police responded to a report of a shooting after 1:00 pm. 

A Police statement Friday, September 18, 2020, said, Andrew Douglas was found with a single gunshot to the head and he was taken to the JNF Hospital where he died.

In February 2022, Commissioner of Police Hilroy Brandy told WINN, “we are ready. There were some delays in getting back some forensic testing. They have arrived and any moment now we should be able to proceed when the Magistrate’s Court sets the date and time for the coroner’s inquest.”

A similar update was provided by Commissioner Brandy on January 07, 2022. 

The circumstances of the Customs Officer’s death sparked widespread public concern and speculation and questions remain unanswered about the incident.

Stonefort resident Sandra Adams, 59, was found “unresponsive” at her home on September 26, 2020, with a cord around her neck, according to police. Her death was ruled a suicide but questions remain about the circumstances of her death.



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