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Keyana murder suspect expected in court today

By Rickie Ramdass rickie.ramdass@trinidadexpress.com

THE man charged with the murder of six-year-old Keyana Cumberbatch is expected to make his first court appearance sometime today.
Despite not being discharged from hospital yesterday, sources say the man is expected to be handed over to police this morning, after which he would be taken to the Arima Magistrates’ Court. He has been hospitalised since December 5 after suffering an asthma attack while in police custody in connection with Cumberbatch’s murder.
Officers said the 28-year-old man was deemed medically fit by doctors on Friday.
However, he was not discharged, as other doctors wanted to carry out further psychiatric evaluations over the weekend.
Cumberbatch went missing on November 25, as she was making her way to her grandmother’s Maloney Gardens apartment, just across the road from where she lived.
Three days later, her body was found by her mother, Simone Williams, in a shipping barrel in one of the bedrooms of her own apartment.
An autopsy concluded she died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head, and that she was raped either when she was unconscious or dead.
Two Thursdays ago, Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard, SC, gave investigators the green light to lay the murder charge.
That same day, the man suffered an asthma attack and was taken to hospital. Despite being advised to lay the charge, officers did not do so until last Tuesday at Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex at Mt Hope.
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