Cops probe graphic image release from crime scene

| 11/02/2014

(CNS): Graphic images of the victim killed in a murder-suicide at the weekend, clearly taken at the time when police had already arrived at the scene but before the body was removed, were circulating on social media this week and police say they are investigating. Along with images of the murder victim, pictures of the suspected killer, who is thought to have taken his own life following the murder, also appeared on Facebook and other digital media. It is apparent from the pictures that they were taken after the authorities were at the scene by either onlookers who had managed to get to the scene or by officers themselves.

As a result, a spokesperson for the RCIPS confirmed that an enquiry was underway to find how the images were taken and published.

"We can confirm that we are aware of the matter and it is being investigated. Consultation will take place with the legal department to determine if any criminal offences have been committed."

Meanwhile police continue to ask anyone who may have seen a grey Toyota Corolla, licence plate # 141 871, parked near farmland in Passion Crescent to come forward as they try to piece together exactly what happened on Sunday morning in what appears to be a domestic dispute that ended in tragedy.

Witnesses are asked to call Detective Inspector Dennis Walkington on 325-8161.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    They better not send any to me because I will take it straight to the police and tell them who sent them to me.

    • Anonymous says:

      And what is it to do with the police?  It is not a criminal offence.

  2. AnonymousX says:

    No mention about the families involved …. the shock, the horror to see their love ones dead and photos of them circulating on facebook and other sites worldwide. Has anyone considered how this is going to psychologically effect their children (if they have any)?

  3. Anonymous says:

    There is no criminality involved in taking such photographs. It may be in poor taste.  It may be consider immoral.  But these things are not illegal and for good reason, it is a fine line in terms of civil liberties between stopping this and the police having a right to stop people legitimately taking a record of the activities of the policeservice.

    • Anonymous says:

      But it may well be against a code of conduct. If the rumours are true  government will be less one or two civil servants by the end of the week

      • Anonymous says:

        Lets hope so. There needs to be a clear out at all levels for sure.

    • Anonymous says:

      What part of the truth did the idjits who gave this person a thumbs down did they not like?

    • Anonymous says:

      Actually under the human rights law there is a right to privacy. Even though the deceased may not  likely bring the action their relatives may do so. 




      • Anonymous says:

        That applies only to goverment employees it does not apply individual to individual. So only if a government employee took the pictures there is a Human Rights issue.

        • Anonymous says:

          No.  The existence of a right of privacy would extend to the state's failure to protect the privacy of individuals and the Court's obligation to protect that privacy.  Verticality ain't as narrow as you say.

  4. Anonymous says:

    This happens every time there is a murder! It is morbid, disrespectful and grotesque.

    • FFS says:

      Is it any more morbid than propping up dead people in a casket so that people can come and gaze at the corpse? No, Its not a tradition and in any a sign of respect – its morbid curiosity and an upleasant one at that

      The only difference with this is they are not cleaned up. If it was someone in public service they deserved to be named – and lose their job.

      You can imagine the sick whispers of "Oh look at all the blood". Ghouls.

      • Anonymous says:

        I've seen people taking pictures of people in coffins.  I've requested a closed coffin funeral or I swear I'll come back and haunt them all.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I hope that they will find out who took and circulate the picture and that there is some law that can be applied (yes, I know, not likely even if there is one) to ensure that something like this never happens again. A precedent what happens to people who circulate pictures of a crime scene has to be set IMMEDIATELY!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Sad eh? One click. And this gone viral now. Technology is a bitch!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Check the bbm culprit, that will lead you to where the photo originated from!

  8. Anonymous says:

    What a disgusting thing to do. Just when you think people can't sink any lower, they do. 

    • Anonymous says:

      I hope they find out who circulated the pictures.  The people congregated in one of the pictures speaks for itself. 

  9. Anonymous says:

    Someone tried to show me the pictures today, i was so disgusted i told this person to call the police and let them know who they got these pictures from.

    How sick in the head is either tis lawenforcement officer, fireman and or EMT ttak thesepics and show themto the word. Mind you to all f you that recieved this pics and shared with your friends, you are as sick as the person who took them!!

    These 2 people have family and kids… All I can say is YOU GUYS ARE SOM SICK PEOPLE!!!!