An attorney representing the 17-year-old who is charged with the alleged kidnapping of Dr Rudradeva Sharma and Dr Prem Vijay Naidoo yesterday asked for the teen to receive a psychiatric evaluation as well as medical treatment.
The requests were made when the teenager appeared before San Fernando First Court Senior Magistrate Jo-Anne Connor charged with six offences, including murder, kidnapping and robbery.
The teenager, who cannot be named because he is a minor, appeared in court wearing a cast which partially covered his head and face. He was assisted by a police officer as he slowly made his way to the prisoner’s dock in the courtroom.
His co-accused Antonio Francois, 19, appeared in that same court on January 23 charged with the same six offences. They were both charged by Cpl Angelene Basarath.
It is alleged that on January 15 at Rushworth Street Extension, San Fernando, the teenager kidnapped Sharma and Naidoo and robbed them of their cellphones, as well as Sharma’s Honda CRV valued at $120,000.
It is further alleged that at the Solomon Hochoy Highway near the Macaulay Flyover, he murdered Sharma and Akeem Marine.
Marine was one of the alleged kidnappers.
Sharma and Marine died when Sharma’s vehicle crashed along the highway.
His attorney, Chantal Paul, told the magistrate he sustained injuries, including a contusion of the brain, in a road traffic accident.
She said he has an appointment at the neurological clinic on March 4. Submitting that over the last two weeks she has been having difficulty getting instructions from the accused, she asked that he undergo a psychiatric evaluation. She said he also complained about severe pain in his left abdomen and asked that he be taken for medical treatment.
The magistrate asked court prosecutor Cleyon Seedan to make the necessary arrangements for the teen to be taken for medical treatment. As for the psychiatric evaluation, the magistrate said she wanted to get feedback from doctors about his medical health before dealing with that request.
The matter was adjourned to Friday.