Injured Camp St. inmate succumbs at hospital

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Shawn Thom, a Camp Street Prison inmate, who was on Independence Day (May 26) admitted to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) with injuries, died at the facility on Sunday.

The 23-year-old had been serving two three-year consecutive sentences for unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition. His release from prison was expected in 2019.

Thom was relocated to another cell in the Prison after he had allegedly stabbed another prisoner with a mop stick. He was the found with his face swollen in a cell in the penitentiary.

Acting Director of Prisons, Kevin Pilgrim confirmed the man’s death, while noting that the circumstances surrounding Thom’s demise are presently being investigated by the Guyana Police Force, and, as such, the Prison Service would be cooperating fully with the investigations.

The then Acting Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, had related that investigations were launched into both incidents, and the findings would be sent to the relevant authorities.

Those investigations, according to Pilgrim, had been completed and the findings were sent to the Public Security Ministry. Taking Thom’s demise into consideration, the investigations will be reopened.

Pilgrim has said that Prison officials will be waiting on the post-mortem results to decide their next step.

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