First Published: 10th of October, 2020Last updated: October 10, 2020 at 12:30 pm
The case of 23 years old Ashley Fernandes who died on Tuesday, 6th of October, 2020 at the Georgetown Public Hospital has murder written all over it. Yet, applying the technical aspect of the law, the police have ruled out foul play and filed the case under suicide.
Yes, the young woman admitted that she ingested carbon tablets, but she also said on her dying bed that she was forced do ingest them by the father of her child who is a businessman. The mechanism of coercion is not known at this time. Perhaps he pointed a gun at her head. Perhaps he threatened her, consistently abused her and finally demanded that she kill herself.
Anecdotes from the young woman and her family indicate that Ashley had been in an abusive relationship with the suspect for several years. They particularly mentioned that she was pursuing studies with the aim of becoming financially independent – which hints at an unwanted and abusive relationship.
Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. And that’s why the state should take up the case and give the suspect an opportunity to prove himself innocent in a fair trial – if he indeed is.
Let’s put things into perspective.
According to a Newsroom report, the young woman, Venita Ashley Fernandes, said on her dying bed that she was forced by the father of her child, with whom she shared an abusive relationship, to drink carbon tablets.
As she exited the man’s car, she started to vomit, yet the man refused to come out of the car or take her to the hospital. As such, her brother called a taxi to take her to the hospital where she subsequently died after pleading with her brother to take care of her two year old.
If these reports are accurate, then the police need to reconsider their position or people will get the impression that someone was paid off.
Team Guyana South America extends sincere sympathies to the relatives and friends of the deceased and calls for a thorough investigation into the matter.