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Teenager sues the police

by | Jun 19, 2014

NEWS GRAPHIC 8A teenager has claimed that he was burnt by police officers while in custody at the Princess Town Police Station.

He has now revealed that he intends to sue the Police for the incident.

Jamerson John, 18,  has alleged that on Christmas last year , officers stripped him to his underpants, doused him with methylated spirits and set him alight after he refused to confess to robbing two people and breaking into a house near his Moruga home.

He was hospitalized for burns to his torso, leg and genital area.

However police have disputed the allegations and tell a different story.

They claim that John used methylat¬ed spirits on a wound and spilt the liquid on his clothing before he was arrested by police.

Officers said when John was taken into custody, he walked past scented candles at the Princes Town Police Station and his clothes caught afire.

John, in company with his mother, Sherma Atwater, have retained attorney Petronilla Basdeo, who is to begin the civil action.

A letter is soon to be sent to the acting Commissioner of Police.

The breaking-and-entering and robbery charges which John is facing with two teenagers are pending before the Princes Town court.

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