Death: police to investigate ‘poisoned banana’

2009-01-08 00:00

Following the story in The Witness yesterday about a man who died after eating a banana that had allegedly been laced with poison, police said they are now investigating the circumstances surrounding the man’s death.

Secoomar Brijmohan (63) died after he ate a banana allegedly laced with the agricultural pesticide Temic, which had been set out to bait nuisance monkeys.

The supervisor for a garden service, Brijmohan was working in a garden in a residential complex in Hilton on December 10 when he ate the banana. He became ill and was rushed to the doctor, but died eight days later in Grey’s Hospital.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said that although no charges have been laid in connection with the incident, police are interviewing people and taking statements regarding the alleged poisoning.

He said the responsibility to report the alleged poisoning lies with the hospital, but he added that as the body has been cremated, it could be difficult to prove the role of poisoning in Brijmohan’s death.

Despite repeated attempts to get comment from the Health Department on why the alleged poisoning was not reported by them, no explanation had been received by the time of going to press.

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