By Marion V. Ali
Lane Grinage, 25, one of the 19 persons charged in connection with the December 3rd home invasion of Lebanon’s Consul General, Sarkis Abou Nehra, remains hospitalized after he attempted suicide while in police custody over the weekend.
Police say what prevented Grinage from succeeding were surveillance cameras which were installed inside the holding cell, after a similar incident ended in death.
Commander of the Police Department’s Eastern Division Rural, Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster told the media that, “Fortunately for us because of the surveillance mechanism that we put in place after we had a suicide in our cell block at Ladyville police station, the officers were alerted and were able to get into the cell block and get to Mr. Grinage, where he was rushed to the BDF (Belize Defence Force’s) medical center. …When the officers went to the cell block, they found a red rag that he apparently tied to his neck and tied it to the bar and tried to strangle himself.”
Grinage was transferred to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) where he remains, awaiting psychiatric evaluation.
Broaster said that Grinage had prepared a suicide note, but that its details would not be shared publicly because police may use it as evidence in the aggravated burglary court case.
Police plan to charge Grinage upon his release from the KHMH. He faces charges of ‘Aggravated Burglary’, ‘Conspiracy to commit Aggravated Burglary’, ‘Conspiracy to Commit Rape’, ‘Handling Stolen Goods’ and ‘Theft’.
Police picked up Grinage soon after the invasion because he was driving a car that residents say was used to flee the scene.