Minister of Works and Laventille West MP Fitzgerald Hinds

This comment came from Minister of Works and Laventille West MP Fitzgerald Hinds.

The 5-year-old drowned after being swept from a drain in Belmont into the east dry River on September 2.

According to police reports, Josiah Henry and his seven-year-old sister were at their Belmont home when, at about midday, Josiah fell into a drain during the heavy midday showers which besieged the capital city.

The police have since arrested and charged his father Jerome Henry.

In an interview yesterday the Minister revealed that it was his belief that police authorities could have been more sympathetic to the father and his family as they grieved the loss of the child.
Henry was placed on bail to the sum of $75,000 which his family can’t afford to raise.
As a result he failed to attend his son’s funeral.

Acting Commissioner of Police Harold Phillip said the approach used by the officers is in fact one which normally guides their investigation.

He made the comment at a crime walk in San Juan on Sunday.