Report of the Duffus Commission of Inquiry into the Breakdown of Law & Order, and Police Brutality in Grenada

Part IV

Events Subsequent to November 18, 1973

Paragraph 154. - THE RIOT ON JANUARY 21, 1974 [PART 6] - The evidence of Dr. Alfred Fitzgerald Braithwaite

154. Dr. Braithwaite is a Government Medical Officer. He performed an autopsy on the body of Mr. Rupert Bishop.

There were two sutured wounds on the body caused by recent surgical procedures, one over the left chest about six inches long, and the other in the midline on the abdomen about eight inches long. Dr. Braithwaite explained that those two wounds were typical surgical incisions and that he had the word of Dr. Noel at the time that the two incisions were done by him in the operating room.

There were two other wounds of significance which he described - "one irregular jagged oval shaped wound which was sutured; it was about 1 to 2 inches and it was surrounded, especially on the lower parts, by about 5 inches of blue botching of the skin. This wound was situated over the postero lateral lower right chest about one inch above the palpable lower margins of the rib cage, and in my estimation this was considered to be an entrance wound of a bullet. Another wound about 1/4 inch round, but with slightly irregular margins situated on the postero lateral aspect of the left abdomen with slightly everted edges and somewhat slightly lower in position than the wound. In other words I estimated that his bullet entering from the right side traced slightly downwards across the entire body and emerged on the opposite side of the body."

There was massive destruction of the lower half of the right kidney and irregular fractures with loose bits of bone over the lower right ribs; also massive bony destruction of the anterior parts of the vertebra of the backbone.

Dr. Braithwaite attributed the cause of death to a bullet wound.

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