|Murder accused sent to prison |
By JULIEN NEAVES Tuesday, January 14 2014
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ACCUSED: Dwayne Lewis, charged for the murder of his six-year-old stepdaughter Keyana Cumberbatch. Yesterday, an Arima magistrate ordered him remanded...
DWAYNE LEWIS, the man charged with the murder of six-year-old Keyana Cumberbatch, has been ordered removed from St Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital to Remand Yard, Golden Grove Prison after hospital officials completed a psychiatric evaluation of him.
Lewis, 28, appeared before Senior Magistrate Indrani Cedeno yesterday at the Arima Magistrates’ Court. At his first appearance in Court on December 16, the security guard was ordered to undergo an evaluation at St Ann’s.
When the case resumed on December 30, Lewis did not appear and it was reported that St Ann’s officials required two more weeks to complete their evaluation. He remained at St Ann’s for 28 days. Yesterday, Cedeno informed the court that she received a report from St Ann’s, “and it shows he is fit.” She then rescinded the order of committal to St Ann’s and instructed that he be sent to Remand Yard as the charge of murder is a non-bailable offence.
His attorney Fareed Ali requested a copy of the St Ann’s report and indicated to the court that he will continue to be Lewis’ counsel. He said the Legal Aid Department has a particular interest in establishing the date on which Lewis became a homicide suspect.
Cedeno questioned how this information affects the department and noted it was not an issue she is concerned about but one that could be regularised between Legal Aid and police.
Ali stressed that officers were supposed to inform him when his client became a suspect as he would have been denied an attorney for a specific period. But Cedeno said the courts is the wrong forum for this matter and if he (Ali) is concerned about possible infringement of his client’s rights, he knows where it should be addressed.
Cedeno then enquired about and was told that the case file is now being vetted before a prosecutor is appointed to lead the state’s case against Lewis.
Ali noted that more than a month has passed since the case was first heard in court and yet, no prosecutor has been appointed.
The case was then adjourned to February 10. Lewis is charged with the murder of his six-year-old stepdaughter Keyana Cumberbatch who went missing on November 25. Three days later, her body was recovered. An autopsy revealed she had been bludgeoned to death. She was also raped, according to the autopsy report.