Published On: Fri, Aug 16th, 2019

Jeffrey Epstein: Billionaire’s death ruled as suicide by hanging, says medical examiner | World | News

Epstein was arrested in July on federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges relating to the alleged abuse of hundreds of young girls. The American financier and billionaire was found dead at the New York Metropolitan correctional centre (MCC) this month. A spokeswoman for New York City Chief Medical Examiner Aja Worthy-Davis confirmed on Friday that an autopsy had concluded that Epstein’s cause of death was suicide by hanging.

Ms Worthy-Davis said an official report on Epstein’s death would be disclosed on Friday.

Since his death, questions surrounding the conditions of the Manhattan jail where he was held have been raised along with widespread speculation about the circumstance of his death.

The FBI and the justice department are investigating the incident and the attorney general William Barr said officials had uncovered some “serious irregularities” at the facility.

Two guards who were allegedly assigned to watch Epstein have now been placed on leave and the prison warden has been temporarily reassigned.

READ MORE: Jeffrey Epstein: Autopsy finds multiple broken bones 

Both guards were required to check on all prisoners every 30 minutes but the checks did not take place the night before Epstein was found dead.

The guards are now suspected of falsifying log entries to show they were making the checks.

Surveillance footage reveals that the guards never made some of the checks despite the checks being recorded in the log, a source told Associate Press.

Epstein had been placed on suicide watch after he was found half conscious in his cell three weeks before his death.

However, he was then taken off suicide watch.

On Thursday an expert said that a broken thyroid bone “can be broken in many circumstances but is more commonly associated with homicidal strangulation than suicidal hanging”.

The expert later clarified his statement in a press release saying that a “thyoid fracture is not a definitive finding that by itself determines if a death was a homicide, or by itself distinguishes a homicidal strangulation from a suicidal hanging”.

The expert also said the broken bones were common “with increasing age”.

Chief medical examiner Barbara Sampson said in response: “In all forensic investigations, all information must be synthesised to determine the cause and manner of death. Everything must be consistent; no single finding can be evaluated in a vacuum.”

For confidential support call the Samaritans in the UK on 116 123 or visit a local Samaritans branch.

Source link

Most Popular News