Police says man was cleaning gun …”FROM MURDER TO ACCIDENT”

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Police have moved from murder to accident in the death of Brandon Sampath. As far as the police are concerned, Sampath accidentally killed himself while cleaning a gun on Monday.

What the police are investigating now is why a relative hid the gun that killed Sampath.

Sampath, an employee of the Ministry of Works, was discovered dead in a drain leading to a garden at La Salle Road.

At around 7.30 p.m. Monday, officers of the Biche Police Station responded and were shown Sampath’s body by his father, Ramnanan Sampath, 58.

Police found a 12-gauge cartridge in Sampath’s pocket, and a ‘rammer’ (a device to discharge the homemade firearm) in his hand.

A stock for a home-made shotgun and a pair of pliers were next to the body, police said.

The firearm was not found.

Officers said that Ramnanan Sampath told them his son usually went into the garden and return home at around dusk.

Police said they were told that at around 6.30 p.m. when Sampath’s car was seen on the road and he could not be found, relatives went in search of him.

They found his body face down in the drain.

An autopsy at the Forensic Sciences Center, Federation Park, performed by Dr Highvon Des Vignes found that Sampath died of a gunshot wound to the head.

Officers returned to the scene and were led to the firearm by a close male relative.

A statement was taken from the relative.

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