Saturday 11 July, 2020

Police investigating suspicious death of elderly Bagatelle man

The Bagatelle residence where the body was found

The Bagatelle residence where the body was found

Police are investigating an elderly man's suspicious death after his body was found at his Bagatelle, Castries residence on Sunday, May 31, 2020.

The discovery of the 72-year-old, identified as Albert Austine, was made by his grandson, who was summoned by neighbours that noticed a foul smell in the area.

"I found out my grandfather was not seen for a couple of days and one of the neighbours called me and asked me to come to the house because they took a funny scent, so I came across and broke down the door and there he was passed out on the floor," Austine's grandson explained.

One neighbour said he noticed the foul scent since yesterday, but thought it was a dead cat.

According to the grandson, Austine was a carpenter by profession who was very active and showed no signs of any serious illness: "Generally I know he had a limp that was possibly getting worse but that is the only thing I was aware of."

The deceased lived alone at the time of his death and had lived in the area for over three decades.

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