Visitor waited year for police report on drowning.

Wednesday, 8th October 2014 by bvinews.com

A visitor whose wife drowned in Jost Van Dyke has complained about the relatively lengthy wait endured while trying to secure a police report about the 2012 tragedy.

 

A visitor whose wife drowned in Jost Van Dyke has complained about the relatively lengthy wait endured while trying to secure a police report about the 2012 tragedy.

The report from the Royal Virgin Islands Police [RVIPF] was necessary to settle the legal ramifications that came about with the death of the complainant’s spouse.

After waiting roughly a year for the document, the European visitor sought help from the Elton Georges-led Complaints Commission, which discovered a combination of failures in how the situation was handled by the RVIPF.

The Commission, in a report recently tabled in the House of Assembly, stated that the visitor last year formally complained that, since his wife drowned in 2012, he had not received any cooperation from the RVIPF in obtaining a copy of the relevant police report.

As such, the foreigner said he and his relatives were not able to “move on” from the tragedy.

The Complaints Commission further stated that, based on the complaint received, it engaged the Commissioner of Police David Morris, who uncovered a combination of errors, including the fact that a file was sent to the coroner, and that there was no copy of that file kept by the RVIPF.

The Police Commissioner also found that there was a failure to refer the family to the Coroner’s Office and, in general, carry out proper follow-up and communication.

On March 25 – a month after the complaint was lodged – the report about the tragedy was finally sent by courier to the bereaved family, along with an apology letter.

The Police Commissioner has since given certain instructions to prevent a reoccurrence, according to the Complaints Commission.