Top cop, Gary Griffith, is urging the public to avoid worsening the pain and trauma being experienced by family members of Andrea Bharatt, who are still reeling from her grisly death.
In a statement posted on his personal Facebook page, the Police Commissioner tackled the issue of false reports and misinformation about the case, currently circulating in social media, many of which he notes are being promoted by “persons living abroad”.
“This is not the time for persons to display insensitivity while a family remains traumatized about the death of their loved one,” Commissioner Griffith says in the post. “Now is not the time for persons to post wrong information which clearly seems to be the opening of old wounds for the families of other victims.”
The Police Commissioner also commented on reports that Andrea Bharatt’s death was connected to her job.
“AT THIS TIME, there is nothing to link the death of the deceased Andrea Bharatt to her job at the Arima Magistrates’ Court,” he says.
He added: “When I made my comment a few days ago, I was speaking about the present time. But like all other matters of interest, this concern in the public domain will be thoroughly investigated by the TTPS.”
Commissioner Griffith also tackled the organ harvesting theory that has been circulated in connection with Andrea Bharatt’s death.
“A few days ago, a social media commentator posted a video that the organs of this woman were removed. The post-mortem report on Monday showed that ALL the organs were intact,” he stated. “The CoP is reminding persons who use social media, to be mindful of the further trauma they cause to the families of persons who have been violently killed.”
With respect to social media comments on the deaths in police custody of two suspects in the Andrea Bharatt case, the top cop had this to say:
“The CoP found it rather strange that nobody expressed concern for the injuries suffered by police officers and soldiers during recent incidents. Concern must also be shown for these servicemen and women who put their lives on the line every day to protect this country from the criminal elements.”
The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) has since launched an investigation into the deaths of the two suspects— Andrew Morris and Joel Belcon.