A patient of the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) is now dead after he reportedly jumped from the facility’s male ward.Sixty-two-year-old Mortimer Sagan of Meten-Meer-Zorg, West Coast Demerara, took his life by jumping through a window of the said ward.According to information received by Guyana Times, the incident occurred around 19:00h on Sunday at the facility.Reports are that the man, who was admitted as a tuberculosis patient, after jumping ended up on a septic tank and reportedly died on the spot.It is unclear what motivated Sagan’s actions. The Police are currently investigating the matter.Meanwhile, the West Dem Hospital only recently made headlines when doctors attached to the hospital refused to work and took strike action as a result of failure on the part of the Public Health Ministry to address their numerous concerns.The hospital was left in a state of panic when all doctors of the medical facility downed their equipment and refused to work.The doctors, via a letter sent to their medical superintendent which was copied and sent to all levels, outlined a number of concerns that affects them and vowed to strike if no response was given.The letter which was seen by this publication stated, “…this letter serves to inform you that the staff of the Accident and Emergency Unit of the West Demerara Regional Hospital are disappointed, frustrated, disgusted and fed-up of the way in which our daily verbal grievances are being handled. To date we have not seen any measures implemented within our department to alleviate our struggles or worries”.The letter continues, “the staffers of the Emergency Unit no longer feel safe in their working environment. They no longer feel motivated to provide the best patient care since supportive structure and drugs are on regular shortage or absent. They no longer feel the need to go above and beyond because they feel that the administrative body does not care and have swept all of their relevant and legitimate concerns aside”.The doctors were calling for better security at the facility following a number of incidents where doctors were either physically attacked or verbally abused by patients and others.In fact, a recent incident saw two doctors being attacked by a patient and his relatives and were even spat upon. The doctors have since been calling for the Public Health Ministry to tighten security services at the facility.
MONTREAL — Jurors hearing the case of a Montreal man accused in the killing of his ailing wife will have to weigh two possible verdicts.Quebec Superior Court Justice Helene Di Salvo told the eight-man, four-woman jury that they must find Michel Cadotte guilty — the only question is whether his crime was second-degree murder or manslaughter.The judge is giving final instructions to jurors today after which they will be sequestered until they reach a unanimous verdict.Cadotte is charged with second-degree murder in the February 2017 death of Jocelyne Lizotte, his wife of 19 years.Lizotte, 60, was suffering from advanced Alzheimer’s disease and was unable to care for herself. Cadotte had been told about a year before the slaying that his wife did not qualify for a medically assisted death because she couldn’t consent and was not considered to be at the end of her life.Di Salvo’s instructions come two years to the day after Lizotte was suffocated with a pillow in her long-term care bed.Cadotte’s lawyers argued that their client was in a depressed state of mind and unable to cope after watching Lizotte suffer for nine years.The Crown has countered that Cadotte understood the impact of his actions and intended to kill Lizotte when he held the pillow over her face.The Canadian Press
THOMPSON, Man. — A judge is expected to give a verdict today in the manslaughter trial of an RCMP officer in northern Manitoba who fired a dozen shots into a Jeep following a police chase.Crown prosecutors told the trial in Thompson that Const. Abram Letkeman made only wrong choices in the lead up to the shooting death of Steven Campbell in 2015.Court heard that 12 bullet casings were found at the scene and 39-year-old Campbell, who was drunk behind the wheel, was hit at least nine times.The defence argued that all police officers make mistakes and Letkeman thought his life was in danger because the Jeep was moving toward him.Campbell’s mother, Shirley Huber, says her family hopes the judge finds that the officer’s actions were dangerous and wrong.She says, no matter the verdict, her son’s death shows how important it is for police to have dashboard and body cameras, especially in northern communities.“There has to be a way to document what really happens on those stops and maybe it won’t happen again,” Huber said in a message online.“Maybe my son would still be alive.”Letkeman, 37, pleaded not guilty to six offences, including criminal negligence.The trial heard the officer saw the Jeep being driven erratically shortly after the bars in Thompson had closed.After a failed attempt at a traffic stop, the officer started to pursue the vehicle but did not communicate that to his supervisors.Letkeman testified that he hoped to end the chase by using his police car to bump the back of the Jeep, forcing it to rotate and stop. A use of force expert testified the move was against protocol and training, and was extremely risky.The Jeep ended up on a trail for all-terrain vehicles, where it lost control and stopped. The trial heard Letkeman’s vehicle then T-boned it.The officer testified he didn’t wait for backup and walked in front of the Jeep to do a high-risk takedown. He said the Jeep started moving toward him, so he was forced to fire.Campbell’s girlfriend, one of four passengers in the Jeep, was also shot and injured.A toxicology report showed Campbell had alcohol in his system and was almost 2 1/2 times the legal limit to drive. It also showed a small amount of cocaine.During closing arguments in June, the Crown argued that Letkeman stood in front of the vehicle and fired so that the Jeep couldn’t drive away, not because he was in danger.Prosecutor Christian Vanderhooft said nothing that Letkeman did on the night of the fatal shooting was reasonable.“Each opportunity where that should have been done, the wrong decision was made. Not just wrong — negligent.”The defence argued the officer shot his gun because he had to. Lawyer Lisa LaBossiere told the trial that every officer has made a mistake. She warned that convicting Letkeman would have “a chilling effect” on all police.Campbell’s mother said he shouldn’t have been driving if he was intoxicated, but the mistake wasn’t worth his life.Huber attended the trial and called it the hardest thing she has ever had to do. But she says she won’t be there for the verdict.She says her son was a caring father to his two kids and a kind and loving friend who would give anyone the shirt off his back.“I still miss the man he had grown up to be. A mother never gets over losing a child she carried,” she said. “I miss him every day and know I always will.”Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press