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THE as yet undisclosed result of a post-mortem examination is crucial to a Police probe into the death of a 12-year schoolboy which has sparked controversy.

The deceased, Rayaaz Esahack, of Lot 2 Stanley Park, Canal Number One Polder, died in a hospital Thursday, a day after being involved in name-calling incident in College of Comprehension Education schoolyard, at La Grange, also on West Bank Demerara.

Police said it was reported to them that the Form One student had been struck on the head by a schoolmate with whom he had a misunderstanding about 12:30 h Wednesday.

Other students attending the same institution told the Chronicle yesterday that Rayaaz usually carries a haversack on which is marked ‘Pickashu’ and the confrontation occurred after he was called the name of the cartoon character.

A member of the deceased household said his brother relayed news of his sibling’s injury to others at home and the injured pre-teen was rushed to West Demerara Regional Hospital where he was treated and sent away.

Later, teachers were quoted as saying that a doctor, who attended the bandaged, stitched wound, said it was only skin deep.

Rayaaz went home and a report was made at La Grange Police Station but he, subsequently, complained of feeling unwell and spewed vomit several times.

His mother, Halima Esahack, 41, told this newspaper her son’s condition worsened as he cried out for headache and she took him to St Joseph Mercy Hospital in Georgetown where he underwent an operation on Thursday.

She said, on medical advice, Rayaaz was transferred to Woodlands Hospital, also in the city, where he succumbed about 15:00 h the same day and was buried yesterday according to Muslim rites.

Police, in a press release yesterday, said the accused assailant is in custody as investigations continue in the wake of a conflicting claim that the autopsy revealed the juvenile had suffered lung complications.