Police investigate circumstances around the death of a Greenbay youth and APUA confirms electrocution

Further to the Police investigating the “unfortunate death” of a Greenbay youth on Tuesday night, June 14, the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) has confirmed that he was electrocuted by an unsafe electrical connection from a neighbouring building.

Reports say that Judah Bowers, 22, came into contact with a live wire and died as a consequence.

Earlier today, the Police issued a statement on his death, reporting that Bowers had been in his backyard, reportedly hanging out laundry, when the clothesline apparently made contact with an energized electrical wire that is connected to a fence.

The incident reportedly occurred at around 9:15 p.m.

One of Bowers’ relatives is said to have found him lying on the ground, unresponsive, and telephoned 911.

The youth was transported to the hospital by the Emergency Medical Services and was later pronounced dead by a medical doctor at around 9:34 p.m.

Police say a postmortem is likely to be conducted, as part of the investigations, to determine the exact cause of Bowers’ death.

However, the APUA statement says an extension cord from the neighbouring apartment building had deteriorated over time; and being connected to the clothesline via the adjoining chain link fence, it created the electrical energy that led to the young man’s demise.