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INDECOM probes safety measures employed for murdered patient

Published:Thursday | January 17, 2013

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has announced that it has launched a probe to determine if sufficient steps were taken to ensure the safety of Adiff Washington, the patient killed at the May Pen Hospital on Tuesday.

At the same time, the commission revealed yesterday that it did not receive a report from the Jamaica Constabulary Force indicating that Washington's initial injuries were the result of a "police-involved shooting".

The disclosures came as INDECOM sought to clarify information it provided in an article published in The Gleaner yesterday.

In the article, INDECOM had said one of its investigators collected a statement from Washington, but yesterday the commission backed off that assertion, saying no statement was provided.

However, in a statement yesterday, INDECOM confirmed that it received information "of an incident involving Mr Washington".

PURSUING ALLEGATIONS

"It is not clear whether the initial or subsequent shooting is within the remit of INDECOM. However, it is the commission's mandate to pursue all allegations of this nature," the commission said.

Early Tuesday morning, two masked gunmen reportedly held security guards at gunpoint to gain access to the male surgical ward at the hospital.

An eyewitness said one of the gunmen went to Washington's bed and shot him four times before they made their escape.