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More psychiatric tests for murder accused

By ALEXANDER BRUZUAL Tuesday, December 10 2013

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MURDER VICTIM: Six-year-old Keyana Cumberbatch....
MURDER VICTIM: Six-year-old Keyana Cumberbatch....

Psychiatric evaluations were expected to be done yesterday afternoon on the 27-year-old man who is to be charged for the murder of six-year-old Keyana Cumberbatch.

The process for the evaluations was started, Newsday was told, after the attorney for the suspect Fareed Ali, made the request to medical practitioners at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex.

Newsday was told that four psychiatrists are expected to interview the suspect yesterday.

Although he was expected to appear before an Arima magistrate yesterday, the 27-year-old, who suffered a severe asthma attack last week, was not discharged from the hospital.

Newsday was informed that the murder suspect’s “blood pressure was high, his chest was still heavily congested, and as a result, he was still wheezing continuously since his asthma attack.”

He is expected to be evaluated again today, before a determination would be made to bring him to court.

At about 8.30 pm on Thursday, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Roger Gaspard SC, gave instructions to charge the 27-year-old suspect with Keyana’s death.

The suspect has been in custody a little over a week, and the murder charge comes one day after Keyana was laid to rest on Wednesday, following a funeral service where Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar was among the mourners.

On November 25, Cumberbatch, a second-year pupil at the St Barbara’s Shouter Baptist Primary School, was on her way to her grandmother’s house, near her mother Simone Williams’ apartment, when she went missing. Police said at about 3 pm on November 28,

Keyana’s mother, Simone Williams, told officers of the Maloney Police Post there was a stench in her apartment. When officers arrived at the apartment, they carried out a search and found Keyana’s partially decomposed body stuffed in a shipping barrel.

An autopsy performed last Friday stated Keyana died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head, and she was sexually assaulted, either when she was unconscious, or dead.

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