Land­sca­per sent for mental check

UK Barbados Nation - - EDITORIAL -

SEND­ING A MAN, known to the sys­tem, to the Psy­chi­atric Hos­pi­tal would be re­dun­dant and would serve no pur­pose, an at­tor­ney sub­mit­ted.

How­ever, de­spite those pleas, Shane Ali-ra­mon Brath­waite will be spend­ing the next three weeks at the Black Rock in­sti­tu­tion af­ter he ap­peared in the Dis­trict “A” Mag­is­trates’ Court.

Brath­waite, a 25-year-old land­sca­per, of Hoyte’s Vil­lage, St James, was charged with en­ter­ing Corey Ke­naz’s house, some­time be­tween Septem­ber 14 and Novem­ber 3 this year, and steal­ing $1 000, three cel­lu­lar phones, jew­ellery, a mem­ory stick and re­mote control, two watches, as well as bot­tles of brandy, whisky, bour­bon, and vodka.

It was af­ter the ac­cused had paused when asked for his plea by Act­ing Mag­is­trate San­dra Rawl­ins, that prose­cu­tor Sta­tion Sergeant Car­ri­son Henry re­vealed the man was “of sim­ple mind”, and asked that he be sent for psy­chi­atric eval­u­a­tion to see if he was fit to plead.

But at­tor­ney John Col­ly­more in­ter­jected and said his client was an al­ready an out­pa­tient of the “in­sti­tu­tion at Black Rock”.

“I am go­ing to ask that he not be re­manded. Be­ing re­manded, in my view, would just be a sit­u­a­tion of the Psy­chi­atric Hos­pi­tal pulling up its records,” coun­sel sub­mit­ted.

He pleaded with the court to al­low the ac­cused to re­main on bail which “would fa­cil­i­tate his con­tin­ued treat­ment”.

“I am con­cerned about the re­mand and I am not sure what hous­ing him there would do. Send­ing him to the Psy­chi­atric Hos­pi­tal is re­dun­dant since he is known to the sys­tem,” Col­ly­more added.

But the mag­is­trate stressed the court wanted a re­port to see if the man was fit to plead.

As a re­sult, she re­manded him to the hos­pi­tal un­til De­cem­ber 21.

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