La Horquetta man charged with manslaughter in death of his 8-year-old son

A La Horquetta man has been charged with manslaughter, in relation to the death of his 8-year-old son, Ishmeel Phillips, which occurred on Friday 9th February, 2018.

Bert Phillips, 42, of 439 Rydale Avenue, Greenvale, La Horquetta, a paraplegic, appeared before an Arima Magistrate.

Eight-year-old Ishmeel, of the same address, was beaten with a piece of PVC pipe by a male relative after being accused of stealing a quantity of cash on Friday 9th February, 2018 at his home.

He was taken to hospital where he died.

Investigations were led by ASP (Ag.) Windel Flaviney, Insp. Andrew Lawrence of the Homicide Bureau of Investigations Region 2, while Phillips was charged by Cpl. Aslim Hosein on Friday 16th February, 2017 following advice from Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Joan Honore-Paul.

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