Landscaper sent for mental check
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.