Customs Officer Andrew Douglas’ death was unlawful homicide says AG Wilkin

By Devonne Cornelius

Basseterre, St. Kitts, Feb 14, 2024 (ZIZ Newsroom): Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs Hon. Garth Wilkin on Tuesday (Feb. 13) provided an update on the coroner’s inquest into the death of customs officer Andrew Douglas who was found dead at the customs department in September 2020.

“In relation to the coroner’s inquest for Andrew Douglas, it was completed on January 9. The jury found that there was unlawful homicide but they do not know who did it, therefore, the depositions that were taken during the inquest and the jury’s forms, which they fill out, with their views after the inquest, were sent to the DPP’s office for consideration,” Attorney General Wilkin said during the February 13, 2024 press conference.

Attorney General Wilkin says there are other coroner’s inquests pending and an update would be provided when they have been completed.

“I know that there are eight more scheduled inquests before the magistrate’s court…”

The coroner’s inquest into Andrew Douglas’ death began in late 2022, according to Attorney General Wilkin during a January 2023 press conference.

More than three years ago on September 22, 2020, the police released a statement that “Resident pathologist, Dr. Adrian Nunez, performed an autopsy on the body of Andrew Douglas of Molineaux on Monday, September 21, 2020. Dr. Nunez concluded that death was as a result of severe traumatic brain injury caused by a single gunshot wound to the head.”

The 2customs officer, 21, was found dead at the customs department Thursday, September 17, 2020, after police responded to a report of a shooting after 1:00 pm.

A police statement Friday, September 18, 2020, said, Andrew Douglas was found with a single gunshot to the head and he was taken to the JNF general hospital where he died.

The circumstances of the customs officer’s death sparked widespread public concern and speculation and questions remain unanswered about the incident.


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