Charged with wounding 3: man sent to St Ann’s
WILTON THOMAS, who was charged with beating three people with a cricket stump and brandishing a cutlass at police officers, has been an outpatient at the St Ann’s Hospital for over ten years.
This was revealed to the court yesterday after a document from the mental institution was presented to the magistrate.
On Monday, Thomas faced the Second Court and pleaded guilty to maliciously wounding Mervin Layne, 73, and Judy Francois last week Thursday in Southern Main Road, La Romaine.
Layne suffered an injury to his jaw. He has since been discharged from hospital, but the court heard yesterday he was still unable to come to court. His son appeared on his behalf.
Thomas was also charged with robbing Elizabeth Hosein of $709 and using personal violence against her. Hosein’s left hand was in a sling on Monday. She said the bone in the limb was shattered in two places.
Thomas, 27, of San Fernando, was charged by Constables Narine Bisnath and Adesola Ogunsheye after they were alerted that a man was hitting people with a piece of wood at different areas in La Romaine.
When the officers arrived at the scene, Thomas advanced towards them with a cutlass and was shot.
Thomas, whose knees are in bandages, admitted on Monday to a fourth charge that he had a cutlass in his possession to wound.
On that day, the prosecution asked for time to have Thomas’s criminal background traced, and the matter was transferred.
However, yesterday, Thomas had a lawyer representing him.
Defence attorney Annalee Girwar handed over a document which stated her client had been an outpatient at the St Ann’s Hospital since 2002.
She said he would regularly receive injections for his condition and the last time medication was administered to him was four months ago.
The attorney said arrangements were being made for Thomas to again be medicated but he was arrested before this could have been done.
Girwar asked that her client be allowed to return to the hospital.
Magistrate Aden Stroude sent him to the institution for two weeks for observation and a report is to be submitted to the court.
Thomas will return to court on August 27.