An autopsy on the body of Romeo Mitchell, who died at a hospital last week, confirmed that his death was the result of being beaten.
Post mortem findings from the Forensic Science Centre revealed that Mitchell suffered multiple blunt force trauma to the chest before he was dumped inside the Penal Well #25 on March 18.
Seven days later, Mukey Pierre, 24, a vendor from Siparia, was brought to the Siparia Magistrates’ Court charged with unlawfully carrying away Mitchell from Victor Street, Syne Village, Penal.
The charge also stated that he kidnapped Pierre with the intent to murder him at the Mora Dam Road, Siparia.
Pierre was sent to the St Ann’s Hospital, Port-of-Spain for a psychiatric evaluation. The autopsy results mean that investigators will amend the file on their inquiries into Mitchell’s death and approach the Director of Public Prosecution’s office to upgrade Pierre’s charge to murder.
According to reports, Mitchell, suffered spinal injuries and broken legs after he was beaten and dumped in the well located in the Mora Dam.
Unable to move, he cried until residents heard him and he was rescued by members of the Siparia Fire Station. Around 9 pm on March 26, he died. Before his death, he was able to give police a brief statement.
Reporter: Kevon Felmine