Prisoner found hanging at Lethem Police Station lockups

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A South Rupununi man was today found dead in the lockups at the Lethem Police Station. 

The Guyana Police Force (GPF), in a statement, said that the body of Allen Thomas, 25, was found in a sitting position and hanging from the inside door handle of the lockups at the Lethem Police Station with his underwear tied around his neck. The discovery was made at about 01:10hrs. 

Following the discovery, the convicted prisoner was rushed to the Lethem Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. 

On July 27, 2021, the 25-year-old convict had appeared before Magistrate Allan Wilson at the Lethem Magistrate’s Court on a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm. 

He had pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment. The GPF noted that Thomas was the only prisoner in the lockups at the time, pending transportation to the Georgetown Prison.

The body is at the Lethem Hospital awaiting a Post Mortem Examination (PME).

Nevertheless, an investigation into the matter has been launched by the Police Force’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

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