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Seychelles Police seeks international expert to solve tragic death

Victoria, Seychelles | May 16, 2014, Friday @ 20:43 in National » GENERAL | By: April Amesbury and Sharon Uranie | Views: 8629
Seychelles Police seeks international expert to solve tragic death

(Seychelles News Agency) - The Seychelles Police Commissioner Ernest Quatre plans to enlist the help of a foreign expert to advise and assist the local police team investigation into the death of a young Seychellois man last month, the police revealed during a news conference this afternoon.

Existing evidence strongly suggests he was run over by a car.

The newly appointed Director of the National Crime Services Division, NCSD, Superintendent Bruce Bursik told the local press that the Commissioner is planning to obtain this expert assistance in order “to ensure that the case is carried out in an objective and professional manner,”  but did not elaborate on the details of case, nor the particular limitations in local expertise.

According to a police statement published in daily newspaper Seychelles Nation on Tuesday April 8, 24 year old Andy Laurence had been found unconscious in a gutter at Côte d’Or on the second most populated island of Praslin over the weekend.

He had scratch marks all over his body and tyre marks on his belly,  and died in the intensive care unit of the Seychelles Hospital on the main island of Mahe where he had been transported for further treatment. 

The press Conference was to give an update on the investigation (April Amesbury, Seychelles News Agency) Photo License: Attribution

At the news conference this afternoon, the police said the investigation is still ongoing and being given priority, adding that they are following all possible leads.

“Forensic samples taken during the course of the investigation were sent to Mauritius for analysis …….as soon as the results are in further steps will be taken,” said Superintendent Bursik.

The result are expected in a matter of weeks.

Chief Superintendent Reginald Elizabeth confirmed that evidence found at the scene where Laurence was found unconscious as well as on his body strongly suggest that he was run over by a motor vehicle.

“A pathologist has confirmed that the evidence and wounds are not consistent with an assault caused by either a tool or being beaten,” said Elizabeth.

“Having said this however the police will not exclude any contributing factor and will investigate this case thoroughly and objectively.”

The news conference confirmed that 30 witnesses have been questioned so far and that more witnesses are being looked at.

The police has appealed to anyone who may have information about the case, to come forward.

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