Police probing death of Antigua agriculture minister

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, February 1, 2008 – Antigua police say they are investigating the death of Agriculture Minister Charlesworth Samuel even as officials await an autopsy.

Minister Samuel was found dead on a beach on Thursday January 31st after having disappeared two days earlier. Police declined to say whether foul play is suspected. His fully-clothed body was discovered on Shell Beach, near his home on Cassada Gardens, on the outskirts of St John’s, But reports indicate that the health of Samuel, 69, had deteriorated in recent years and he wandered off  Tuesday.

Samuel was born on the 27th December 1944 in the Village of Swetes. He attended the All Saint’s Government school. His professional life began as a surveyor trainee at the Public Works department. He began his teaching career in 1957 at the Swetes Government School. In 1964 received his first appointment as Headmaster at the John Hughes Primary School. In 1972, he graduated from The University of the West Indies with a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Physics.

He won the general elections of 1976 and 1980 in his present constituency. He lost the seat in 1984 and became the Senate’s minority leader. His political career led him to study law in 1987. He received his LL.B from the Holborn Law School in England.

In 1990, Samuel entered the Hugh Wooding Law school in Trinidad and was awarded the Legal Education certificate of The Council of Legal Education of The West Indies after studying for two years. (CaribWorldNews.com)