Autopsy concludes for second murder-suicide victim

File photo: Bharat Kumar

One day after Latoya “Toya” Craig was laid to rest, an autopsy conducted on the man who is believed to have murdered her before reportedly hanging himself concluded he died as a result of strangulation.

Yesterday, government pathologist Dr. Lester Simon performed the post-mortem on the body of Bharat Kumar whose body was discovered hanging in a tree on October 19 on a property owned by his adopted father in the English Harbour area.

Kumar’s body was found on the same compound where Craig’s body was discovered. The mother of one was reported missing to police when she and her three-year-old son did not return home after leaving her Clare Hall home with her ex-partner, Kumar.

When Craig did not answer several telephone calls and had not returned home her mother raised the alarm.

On October 30, an autopsy conducted on the body of Craig confirmed police suspicion that the 27-year-old mother of one died from asphyxia.

The results indicate that Craig died as a result of the hanging. The autopsy also revealed that she suffered blunt force trauma to the forehead, but, the damage did not go to the brain.

The coroner’s inquest which has already started has since been adjourned sine die.

The police launched an investigation into both deaths after the search for Craig ended tragically. Fortunately, her young son was found alive in the area where his mother’s body was discovered.

The toddler was rushed to the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre where he was treated for dehydration and has since been recovering from his ordeal. He’s now living with his father who gets support from Craig’s family.

The family of the man, Kumar, who was born in India and had lived in Guyana for many years can now make arrangements to bury him.

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