Prisoner found dead in Lethem Police Station

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Investigators from the Guyana Police Force’s Office of Professional Responsibility are conducting a probe into the death of a convicted prisoner whose unconscious body was found in a cell at the Lethem Police Station.

Police said that on Sunday at about 01:10 hrs, the prisoner, 25-year-old Allen Thomas of Shea Village, South Rupununi was discovered in a sitting position, with an underwear around his neck tied to the inside door handle of the cell.

He was rushed to the Lethem Regional Hospital where he was pronounced death on arrival.

Allen Thomas had appeared before Magistrate Allan Wilson on July 27, 2021 at the Lethem Magistrate’s Court on a charge of Assault Causing Actual Bodily Harm, where he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to twelve (12) months imprisonment.

He was the only prisoner in the lockups at the time, pending transportation to the Georgetown Prison.

The body is at the Lethem Hospital awaiting an autopsy.

Investigations are ongoing.

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