Almost a month after sending a man to the Mental Health Rehabilitation Centre for a psychiatric evaluation, the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court was told that the centre did not have a printer to print the report for the court.
On April 24, the man, Asa France, of Biabou, appeared before Magistrate Bertie Pompey on a theft charge.
However, based on information presented to the court, the magistrate committed France to the institution for a psychiatric evaluation.
Last week, France reappeared before the court and the prosecutor, Corporal Delando Charles informed the magistrate that police officers went for France to attend the hearing but the psychiatric hospital indicated “that they do not have any printers to print the report”.
The prosecutor further said that police officers had inquired about whether the accused was fit to stand trial but the health care facility did not provide them with that information.
Charles told the court that in light of the development, the prosecution was not able to proceed with the matter.
He further asked that the case be adjourned and transferred to the Biabou Magistrate’s Court for hearing.
The magistrate granted France composite bail in the sum of EC$1,000 with one surety and adjourned the matter to the Biabou Magistrate’s Court.
Some years ago, a doctor friend of mine invited me to take a look at the centre. At the time, several people were sleeping on urine-soaked foam rubber slabs in corridors.’
Is transcribing and writing the report longhand (given that there is a living, breathing human involved and given the purpose for which the report is intended) a forbidden or unreasonably onerous activity at the mental health facility?
How many such reports are they called upon to write?
Can any one tell me,which is cheaper ,to build a port, or to buy a printer, or even to ride around in a bullet proof vehicle
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