Sunday, February 25, 2018

St Ann's wants more time to test accused

Baby's cheek bitten...

ST ANN'S Psychiatric Hospital officials requested another two weeks to further evaluate the 24-year-old man charged with biting the cheek of his five-day-old daughter.

The accused, Jermour Noel, was brought before Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar in the Port of Spain Magistrates' Court yesterday morning, following a two-week evaluation period spent at St Ann's.

The court was told via a letter from the hospital that another 14 days were needed for a further evaluation of Noel's status.

However, his attorney, Vitti Furlong-Kelly, said although he would not object to the request, he asked if the letter submitted to the court contained any information about what further tests are to be done on his client.

But Ayers-Caesar told him since a report was going to be submitted by St Ann's at the end of the evaluation, they were not required to state at that time what tests were being done.

In response, Furlong-Kelly told the court it was important for him to know that a comprehensive report is being done because at the end of the day, he wanted to ensure that besides a psychological evaluation report, there is an IQ test to determine if his client may be autistic or mildly or moderately mentally challenged.

The attorney also requested a blood analysis and an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) be done on his client.

Ayers-Caesar replied she was sure the St Ann's staff knew what they were doing as Noel was not the first person ever sent to St Ann's.

Furlong-Kelly replied, however, he was a revolutionary and an outside-the-box thinker, and although he agreed that his client would need extra time for an evaluation to be done, he wanted to make sure time was not being wasted.

In the end, the matter was adjourned to January 24.

Noel is charged with wounding with intent against an unnamed child, the daughter of Tineka Henry.

The child's name has been given as Jinayah, but at the time of the charge, it had not been registered with the Ministry of Legal Affairs.

The offence is alleged to have taken place on December 9, 2012 at Noel's Smith Trace, Calvary Hill, East Dry River, Port of Spain, home.