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Handyman fails driving test twice: 'hits officer in face'

By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin nikita.braxton@trinidadexpress.com

A man who allegedly struck a licensing officer in the face after he failed his driving examination, asked on Friday to be sent to the St Ann's Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

Defence attorney Ainsley Lucky asked that his client Dane Nicholas Martin be sent to the hospital "due to his mental deficiencies".

However, acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Rajendra Rambachan, presiding in the San Fernando Magistrates' Court, disagreed.

He said he saw nothing in Martin's appearance, conversation or conduct to warrant him being sent there.

"There's nothing peculiar about him at the moment," the magistrate said.

Rambachan said should the defence want such an evaluation conducted, it could be done without the State having to foot the bill.

Martin, 30, who was granted $30,000 bail following the alleged incident, was allowed to continue on this bail by the magistrate.

Martin, a handyman of St Clement's, was ordered to return to court on April 30.

It is alleged that last Monday, while at the Licensing Office in San Fernando, Martin maliciously inflicted grievous bodily harm on Rickie Ramkissoon.

The charge was laid by constable Hosein under Section 14 of the Offences Against the Person Act.

It is alleged Martin hit the licensing officer with a glass object after he found out he failed his examination for a second time.

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