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A San Fernando magistrate has ordered that the teenager charged with the al­leged kid­nap­ping, murder and robbery of Dr Rudrade­va Shar­ma be sent for a neurological assessment. The teenager, who can­not be named be­cause he is a mi­nor, reappeared before Senior Magistrate Jo-Anne Con­nor at the San Fer­nan­do First Court yesterday.

His attorney Chantal Paul said she wanted the teenager to be sent for a psychiatric evaluation and neurological assessment because he suffered a con­tu­sion of the brain in the accident which killed Sharma and the teenager’s alleged accomplice Akeem Marine.

Paul said the teenager had been discharged from the hospital on Wednesday and was prescribed medicine but still needed a neurological assessment.

Se­nior Mag­is­trate Connor asked whether the teenager had shown any indication of needing a psychiatric evaluation before the kidnapping and murder of the doctor. She said the accused did not show any “disease of the mind ” and it was more prudent for him to undergo a neurological assessment. A psychiatric assessment could be done later on.

A neurological examination is the assessment of sensory neuron and motor responses, especially reflexes, to determine whether the nervous system is impaired.

The teenager is facing six charges, in­clud­ing mur­der, kid­nap­ping and rob­bery along with co-accused An­to­nio Fran­cois aged 19.

It is al­leged that on Jan­u­ary 15 at Rush­worth Street Ex­ten­sion, San Fer­nan­do, the teenag­ers kid­napped Dr Shar­ma and his colleague Dr Vijai 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 Marine, both of whom died when Shar­ma’s ve­hi­cle crashed along the high­way.

The charges were laid by Cpl An­ge­lene Basarath.

Magistrate Connor ordered the teenager to reappear in court on February 20, the same day Francois is scheduled to reappear.