Inquest to determine whether foul play was involved in death of Canadians at Devil’s Bridge

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Source- Real News Antigua: An inquest has commenced into the deaths of the Canadian woman and her five-year-old son who apparently drowned during an outing at historic Devil’s Bridge last week.

Coroner Ngaio Emanuel and a six-member jury panel conducted the first stage of the probe into the deaths of Mahoni Misra, 37, and her son, Shray, at 8:36 a.m. on December 5, at Barnes Funeral Home.

Reportedly, the bodies were identified to the coroner and jurors by the husband of the deceased, Satwik Misra, who is a guest at Antigua Resort, formerly Verandah Resort.

Initial reports said there were no marks of violence on the child, but his mother bore marks on her hand and leg.

The inquest was adjourned without a date at 8:55 a.m., since a number of other things must first be completed, including a post mortem examination to determine the exact causes of death.

An inquest is a judicial inquiry in common-law jurisdictions and is usually held to determine whether a deceased person met with foul play; whether the death was an accident; or whether it was due to misadventure.

The Government has already offered assistance to the bereaved family and hopes to expedite the respective processes so the bodies can be flown home for burial.

The woman and her son reportedly drowned in a tragic incident at Devil’s Bridge while the family allegedly was taking photos of the sunrise on Thursday, November 30

The bodies of the victims were pulled from the waters by the Fire Brigade Search and Rescue Team, the Police ,and the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force Coast Guard.

The family had arrived in Antigua on November 23 and were guests at the BNB Belfast Bay, in Seatons.

They were scheduled to leave Antigua at 4 p.m. on the day of the incident.

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