Sun | May 26, 2019

UWI combing through footage for clues into doc’s death

Published:Wednesday | February 6, 2019 | 7:09 AM

Security officials at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, are combing video footage as they seek to uncover the mystery surrounding Monday’s discovery of the body of 69-year-old medical doctor Judith Rose-Spencer in a pond at the campus.

One source close to the internal investigation told The Gleaner yesterday that the university was seeking to trace the footsteps of the deceased.

“We are looking at various things such as how she got on to the campus. The campus is a big space, so we don’t know if she walked or drove or someone brought her on the campus and so forth, so we are looking at what our CCTV footage can tell us about the deceased,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

“We don’t want to be accused of any cover-up and things like that, so we are determined to get to the bottom of the incident and assist in providing closure,” the official said.

Meanwhile, students at The UWI are calling for increased security and a fence to be erected around open bodies of water on the campus.

In a WhatsApp social-media group that has been created by students, some expressed concern over the state of security at the St Andrew-based institution.

“Somebody in the pond and no security heard anything. It took somebody other than the people hired to make the campus safe to [find out] that somebody was in the pond,” one student lamented.

The students are reportedly planning to stage a protest on campus to register their frustration with what they termed an inadequate level of security on campus.

The deceased, Rose-Spencer, was a member of the medical team at the Bethel Baptist Church Healing Ministry in Half-Way Tree. Her father was V.G. Rose, a long-serving chief commissioner of scouts.