Accused Manickchand Bisram after appearing in the Siparia Magistrates' Court yesterday.

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Man charged with abducting mom: I am seeing soucouyants, lagahoos

...Magistrate commits him to St Anns Hospital for evaluation

By NIKITA BRAXON-BEJNAMIN

MANICKCHAND Bisram, the truck driver charged with kidnapping, indecently assaulting and choking a woman claimed in court yesterday he was seeing soucouyants, lagahoos and ghosts.

Defence attorney Ramnarine Soorjansingh asked that Bisram to be sent to the St Ann's Hospital for evaluation.

Bisram appeared before Siparia magistrate Taramatie Ramdass.
She read the allegation that, on Monday, he unlawfully took and carried away a woman at Penal.

Charges that he indecently assaulted and attempted to choke the woman with intent to commit an indictable offence were also read by the magistrate.

Bisram, 44 of Penal was not called upon to enter a plea. Police prosecutor Sgt Sheldon Ablacksingh said that the alleged victim had been treated and discharged from hospital. The alleged victim was not present for the court case.

Soorjansingh said he was told by his client that he had no convictions or pending matters before the court. Ramdass then asked about Bisram's 1999 matters of robbery with violence and motor vehicle larceny.

These, the attorney said, had been dismissed.

The prosecutor said he would have to get the information verified.
Soorjansingh asked that his client be evaluated. "He has been seeing visions and seeing lagahoos and soucouyants. He is seeing big things in front of him and near him and he said people cannot see it. He needs to be evaluated," the attorney said.

Soorjansingh said Bisram had also been seeing phantoms and ghosts. Ramdass remanded Bisram to the St Ann's Hospital until March 12.

(From the Multimedia Desk - richard.charan@trinidadexpress.com)

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