Accused on charge of house-breaking collapses in court

By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin

A MAN waiting for his matter to go to trial for the last five years collapsed in court yesterday when the case was called.

Steve Latch appeared before Magistrate Lisa Ramsumair-Hinds yesterday on a 2007 breaking-and-entering charge.

Latch, 21, of La Romaine, had been jointly charged with Kevon Richardson and Cowin Dickson. The matter had been called several times before.

As defence attorney Chateram Sinanan was addressing the magistrate, Latch was unable to remain standing.

As he slumped over, Latch was held up by Sinanan and Richardson.

Ramsumair-Hinds advised that Latch sit and place his head between his legs, but he was unable to do so.

The magistrate allowed for him to lie down on the bench used as seating accommodation for the accused and the court was suspended, for the arrival of the ambulance.

Dale Sookoo, a doctor at the San Fernando General Hospital who was at the court to give evidence in a matter in another courtroom, examined Latch.

Sookoo said Latch had a fever and may have a viral illness. He said this and the anxiety of being before the court may have caused him to collapse.

The emergency vehicle came approximately one hour after Latch fell ill.

One person said the ambulance was tardy because contact had been made with the Fire Service instead of the Emergency Health Service.

Before Latch was taken away by the emergency personnel, Ramsumair-Hinds adjourned the case to April 19.

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