Man beaten and dumped in well

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are await­ing a state­ment from a Siparia labour­er who near­ly died af­ter be­ing beat­en and thrown 16 feet down a well on Mon­day.

Romeo Mitchell, whose age po­lice es­ti­mat­ed around 55, re­mained ward­ed at the San Fer­nan­do Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal.

South West­ern Di­vi­sion po­lice said they were yet to get a state­ment from Mitchell as he was heav­i­ly se­dat­ed af­ter suf­fer­ing spinal in­juries.

A re­port stat­ed that around 10 am, Mitchell and the sus­pect got in­to a fight along the Mo­ra Dam Road, Siparia. The sus­pect threw Mitchell in­to the well and left him for dead. The well is lo­cat­ed at the Mo­ra Dam, which is a reser­voir used by Pow­er­Gen.

In 2010, WASA com­mis­sioned the Pe­nal Well #25, on the Mo­ra Dam Road to pro­duce 120 gal­lons of wa­ter dai­ly for the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

Un­able to climb out be­cause of spinal in­juries and bro­ken legs, Mitchell cried for help un­til res­i­dents heard and even­tu­al­ly found him in the well.

Siparia fire of­fi­cers were con­tact­ed and they were able to res­cue Mitchell. He was tak­en to the Siparia Dis­trict Health Fa­cil­i­ty where he was treat­ed and then trans­ferred to the hos­pi­tal.

Sgt Jag­ger­nath, PC, Jim­dar and PC Phillip vis­it­ed the area and in­ter­viewed sev­er­al peo­ple, which led to the ar­rest of the sus­pect, who re­mained in cus­tody up to Mon­day.

Reporter: Kevon Felmine

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