THE family of a man who died last year while in the custody and care of the Transformed Life Ministry Rehabilitation Centre in ­Arouca have indicated their intention to file legal ­action against the State for negligence, after it authorised and approved the institution as a suitable place for outpatients from the St Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital.

Transformed Life Ministry

(flashback)RAIDED: Police officers stand guard outside the Transformed Life Ministry building in Arouca on Wednesday. 

In addition to that, attorneys for the family said they have received instructions to bring a claim for damages for negligence against the centre for fraudulently representing itself as a rehabilitation centre that could provide a ­reasonable, acceptable and appropriate standard of care for their loved one with a complement of suitably qualified and ­properly trained staff.

Warren Mangal
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