Mother of battered Dominican teen in Antigua looking to sue Antiguan authorities


Lawmen in Antigua and Barbuda could be facing a lawsuit from the family of Jahhym Azoo, the Dominican teen who was almost beaten to death in St Johns in September.

Ordiel Furlong has already started consultations with legal minds on the best way to go about taking legal action against the Commissioner of Police, Dominican Atlee Rodney, and the Attorney General Steadroy Benjamin.

Furlong is trying to put pressure on the authorities to arrest the three other boys who she claimed were involved in the attack on her son.

The police, to date, have arrested and charged two minors with assault with intent to commit murder and have told the media that there was no indication that there were indeed five boys who attacked and injured Azoo.

The woman is convinced the authorities are covering up for the other three boys reportedly involved.

The teen maintains five boys attacked him but the authorities say they only have information about two boys.

Furlong said while she is grateful her son is no longer in a critical state, the fight continues for justice.

The authorities, Furlong said, have been pussyfooting around the arrest of the additional three boys involved in the fight that left her son nearly dead.

Meantime, Jahhym Azoo may be recuperating at home but his mother says the burden left for his family to carry following his ordeal is “just too heavy”.

He suffered a broken jaw and nose. His situation was so critical that doctors had to be flown in from abroad to perform surgery to stop the bleeding from his brain.

All his bottom teeth were also knocked out.

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  1. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    October 22, 2019

    “Furlong trying to put pressure on the authorities to arrest the three other boys who she claimed were involved in the attack on her son. ”

    That in itself is frivolous!

    In order for the police to arrest someone for a crime, they can only arrest some based on evidence, and in such matter, it cannot be on “they say,” and even when there is evidence it must be precise, without a shadow of a doubt.

    Whereas there could be factual evidence it could go trial  and the defendants walks!

    Case and point; my biological  brother the Late Inspector Robin while a serving member of the Royal Antigua Police Force was murdered in Browns Avenue, in Antigua.

    One of the murderers born to a Dominica mother turned state evidence, and pointed to the one who pulled the trigger.

    In court they refuse to prosecute; claiming insufficient evidence to prosecute! 

    Hence the four murderers are free to this day.

    Note: my brother was an activate Police Inspector, trained in England, Canada…

  2. Ibo France
    October 22, 2019

    I just hope that Jahhym recovers sufficiently enough so that he could live a near normal, independent life. I also want to see fulsome justice for him. The young criminals who perpetrated this most vicious physical attack on this innocent young man should pay BIG TIME.

  3. DA to the bone
    October 22, 2019

    Why the Dominica government not saying notheting on the matter

  4. jamie
    October 22, 2019

    Antigua for you will protect their own,but in due time will commit greater crimes.

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