Keyana murder accused recovering, ‘in good spirits’
SIMONE WILLIAMS, the mother of murder victim Keyana Cumberbatch, on Friday met with psychiatrists of St Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital as part of the ongoing assessment into the mental health of the man accused of killing the six-year-old schoolgirl.
Dwayne Lewis, 28, is currently before the Arima Magistrates’ Court charged with Keyana’s murder.
Lewis was Keyana’s stepfather.
Last Monday, Lewis appeared before Senior Magistrate Indrani Cedeno charged with murdering Keyana sometime between November 24 and 28.
On November 28, Keyana was found stuffed in a barrel inside her family’s Building Four, Maloney Gardens apartment after a manhunt had been launched for her. An autopsy stated Keyana died from blunt-force trauma to the head and had been sexually assaulted. Keyana was reported missing by Williams on November 25. Lewis was taken into police custody on the day Keyana was reported missing.
On November 26, Lewis was rushed to Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope after suffering with asthma. He was handcuffed to his hospital bed and was placed under police custody. Lewis was officially charged with Keyana’s murder on December 10.
Five days after being formally charged with Keyana’s murder, Lewis appeared before Cedeno, represented by attorney Fareed Ali. Cedeno ordered that Lewis be sent to St Ann’s Hospital for a 14-day assessment. Lewis is expected to return to the Arima Magistrates’ Court on December 30.
Speaking to the Express yesterday, Ali said Lewis was “recuperating and in good spirits”.
Psychiatrists are in the process of assessing Lewis’ mental health.
The doctors at St Ann’s are doing a “holistic” assessment of Lewis.
An integral aspect of the assessment involved the psychiatrists speaking to “his wife”, the Express has learnt.
The psychiatrists contacted Williams. Speaking to the Express yesterday, Williams confirmed she met with the psychiatrists at St Ann’s on Friday as part of Lewis’ assessment.
Williams only met with the doctors and had no interaction with Lewis.
Psychiatrists are also said to have made contact with Welfare Security, where Lewis was employed as a security officer. —Joel Julien