• The prisoner already arrested for the crime of arson

The Résidence Barkly police are investigating the circumstances in which an inmate suffered burns during a fire that broke out in his cell at Beau-Bassin prison. The events occurred on the evening of Monday June 17. Prison guards raised the alarm after seeing smoke emanating from the cell of Jean Paul Meunier, imprisoned in connection with a drug trafficking case.

Monday evening, during a routine patrol of the cells, a team of guards was alerted by the smell of smoke. As they approached prisoner Meunier's cell, the guards saw thick smoke there. When they opened the cell, they discovered that Jean Paul Meunier's legs were on fire. Wardens helped contain the fire before requesting the help of an ambulance to transfer him to the Princess Margaret Orthopedic Center (PMOC) hospital in Candos. After necessary treatment, he was admitted to the Burns Unit.

The Forensic Science Office (FSO), Barkly Residence police and photographers from the Scene of Crime Office (Soco) already carried out an examination of the scene during the day of Tuesday, June 18. The priority is to determine the origin of this fire. The police intend to record the version of the guards on duty on the evening of Monday June 17, in this part of the prison.

The police investigation was entrusted to the men of Chief Inspector Rajesh Moorghen of the Barkly Residence police. As of Wednesday, investigators were awaiting scientific reports. The detainee's hearing should take place once the doctors' approval has been obtained. His state of health is considered stable.

As a reminder, in December 2021, Jean Paul Meunier was arrested by Adsu in the context of cannabis trafficking in the Mauritius/Reunion axis. 56.1 kilos of zamal had been seized and Jean Paul Meunier was among the suspects arrested by Adsu. This 45-year-old man was suspected of having acted as skipper for the gang of traffickers. Jean Paul Meunier's partner was also arrested in the wake of this investigation. In addition to this case, Jean Paul Meunier is on file with the police for crimes of theft, possession of stolen items, kidnapping and arson.

In December 2021, during a search of his home in Grand-Baie, after his arrest by Adsu, Jean Paul Meunier was arrested for possession of Mogadon. Five tablets of this psychotropic product were discovered there. He was unable to produce a prescription.

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