Family still to get death certificate for man murdered in April

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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THE brother of murdered returned resident Delroy Walker is contending that eight months after his death the family is yet to receive a death certificate, limiting the settlement of personal affairs.

Steve Walker, in an interview with the Jamaica Observer recently, said that since his brother's death the police have hardly communicated with his family.

“This is an overwhelming one. My brother was murdered in April. In May they (police) said that we would have the death certificate prior to his burial. We're now in December. We cannot believe it,” said Walker.

“We're being told it's because the police in Jamaica haven't been doing what they're supposed to be doing why we haven't received the death certificate yet. My brother was buried in Jamaica in May without it. It wasn't produced. What we were told by the pathologist is that we couldn't elect for cremation without it. We're approaching Christmas and we still do not have it, and he was murdered in April. We can't close down his affairs now in England,” said Walker.

When the Observer contacted the Jamaica Constabulary Force's acting commander for St Mary, Deputy Superintendent Dalian Clarke, he said that the police do not issue death certificates.

“Police don't give death certificates. RGD (Registrar General's Department) gives death certificate. I don't know of that situation. As I said before, it's the RGD that gives death certificate,” Clarke said.

But according to Walker, the British foreign office has been communicating with the police on behalf of the family but has received no word on the death certificate.

“We are not in Jamaica. The police promised that we would receive the death certificate. It's a murder that took place and we're being told that information from the police is not forthcoming why the death certificate is being held up. I don't know anything about the RGD. We cannot carry on with my brother's business because of this. I would like to carry out his wishes for his son to get something but right now we can't. It seems to me Jamaica is a paradise with a mountain of problems,” said Walker.

Meanwhile, a representative for the RGD told the Observer that the family will have to visit the agency and make an application for the death certificate.

“If the death is registered they (family) would have to just come to us and apply for the copies,” the representative said.

The body of Walker's 63-year-old brother was found with multiple stab wounds his Rio Nuevo Resort home in Tower Isle.

Police told the Observer then that a resident noticed a trail of blood leading from the house about 9:15 am on April 19 and raised an alarm. Walker had returned to the country from London eight months prior and his wife was expected to join him in a matter of weeks.

— Kimone Francis

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