General — 12 May 2018 — by Albert J. Ciego
Demetrio Patt, 47, in coma after being beaten with baseball bat after RTA

He was beaten by men who were riding in a vehicle that was in a minor collision with his vehicle.

TRIAL FARM, Orange Walk District, Thurs. May 10, 2018– Demetrio Patt, 47, a laborer of Caledonia, Corozal District, and a father of 5 children, is presently in a coma in the Intensive Care Unit of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Patt was beaten in the head by two men after a vehicle collision on the Trial Farm Road, Orange Walk District, on the night of April 27.

Information we’ve received is that Patt was driving his vehicle from Orange Walk to Corozal when he became involved in a minor collision with a car. When Patt came out to see what had happened, two men came out of the other vehicle and beat him in the head with a baseball bat.

Police officers who went to the scene of the collision, rushed Patt to the Northern Regional Hospital, after which he was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for further treatment.

Patt’s family begged the police to take a statement from him when he was conscious, but the officers reportedly refused. This proved to be crucial, because Patt is now reportedly brain-dead.

During the regular police press briefing held this morning at the Raccoon Street Police Station, ACP Joseph Myvette, Commander of Crimes Investigation, told us that police have launched an investigation into the incident.

Myvette said that this led to two men being detained, and they are now looking for a third man.

He said that the files have been forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions for directives, and that the Professional Standards Branch has launched an internal investigation into the conduct of the police officers who refused to take a statement from Patt when he was still able to give one.

So far, no arrests have been made.

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