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3 More Grenada Cops Detained In Toronto Man's Death

12/30/2011 04:33 EST | Updated 02/29/2012 05:12 EST
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Three more Grenada police officers have been detained in connection with the alleged beating death of a Toronto man this week, his family's lawyer says.

The lawyer, Derick Sylvester, said an eyewitness came forward Friday and told police Oscar Bartholomew was bound and beaten by five officers.

Two other police officers were detained Thursday in connection with Bartholomew's death.

The police officers can be questioned and held for up to 48 hours without being formally charged. So far, no charges have been laid in the death .

Sylvester said it was the eyewitness's statement that led to the additional three officers being questioned.

The lawyer also said a second autopsy will be performed on Bartholomew early Saturday, with results possibly being released on Tuesday. The family had called for a second, independent post-mortem examination.

Bartholomew, who was originally from Grenada, had returned to the Caribbean island to celebrate the Christmas holidays with family and friends. Bartholomew, his wife, Dolette, and a cousin stopped at the St. David's police station on Monday afternoon because his wife needed to use the bathroom, his aunt Josephine de Souza said in a telephone interview.

According to media reports, Bartholomew hugged a female police officer he'd mistaken for an old friend.

He "hugged and lifted her off the ground before recognizing that it was a case of mistaken identity," Grenada Broadcast reported on its website. "His actions were viewed as assault on a police officer.

"He was then apprehended and beaten by police, before succumbing to his injuries at the General Hospital."

Police said Bartholomew was arrested after assaulting an officer.