Cops still awaiting test results
March 11, 2004
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The Guyana Police Force yesterday said that it is still awaiting the results of the tests done on the body samples of murder accused, Mark Thomas.
The tests, which are being done by the Dade County Medical Examiners Department in Miami, USA are expected to determine how Thomas died.
A police source yesterday told Stabroek News that the force is in contact with the lab and it has not indicated that there is any problem with the samples. The source indicated that they are several samples that need to be tested and the force expects to get the results soon.
The samples left Guyana about two weeks ago and were delivered to the department by a policeman.
Government Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh, had performed an autopsy on the body of Thomas on February 4 but it was inconclusive. Neither he, nor Dr Edward Simon, who also witnessed the post-mortem, could find a cause of death.
Samples were then taken from 12 parts of the man's body, sealed and handed over to the police with the intention of them being shipped to the US for testing.
There has been much speculation as to what Thomas died from.
Thomas died on February 1 at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he was a patient since January 16 after he collapsed at the Brickdam Police Station on being told that he was charged with the January 5 murder of cattle farmer, Shafeek Bacchus.