The 19-year-old man charged with attacking Cuban doctors in Georgetown in July has been sent for a psychiatric evaluation.
Magistrate Bertie Pompey, on Thursday ordered that Jace Baptiste, of Chilli, Georgetown, be evaluated at the Mental Health Rehabilitation Centre for two weeks.
Baptiste pleaded guilty to charges that:
On Oct. 15, at Chilli he entered upon the premises of the Modern Medical and Diagnostic Centre (MMDC) to wit the yard with the intent to intimidate;
between Oct. 17 and 18, at Chilli, Georgetown he drove motor vehicle PT 777 without the policy of insurance;
between Oct. 17 and 18, he drove PT 777 without being the holder of a driver’s permit; and,
between Oct. 17 and 18, he took PT777 without the consent of the owner or any other lawful authority.
Presenting the facts to the Colonarie Magistrate Court, sitting at Georgetown, prosecutor Corporal Delando Charles said that on Oct. 15, Wendel Antoine, a security officer attached to MMDC observed the defendant at about 8:30 a.m. on the compound.
Charles said that Antoine is aware of the charges Baptiste faced in connection to the July assault of doctors attached to the MMDC.
He told the court that Antoine saw the defendant coming from an “off limits” area on the compound.
About 10 minutes later, Antoine observed the defendant at the back of the compound.
Antoine told Baptiste, “You know you’re not supposed to be in this area?”
He said the defendant responded, “Yes man! Yes man!” and jumped over the back wall, leaving the compound.
Antoine later reported the matter to the police.
The magistrate said that he would commit the defendant to the mental health institution for an assessment and a report before sentencing and adjourned the matter to Nov. 2.
In July, Baptiste pleaded not guilty to charges that on July 11, at Georgetown, he assaulted Janet Gameo Fableon of Cuba/Georgetown causing actual bodily harm; had in his possession an offensive weapon to wit a cutlass; and threw missiles to wit stones, to the danger of Janet Gameo Fableon, of Cuba/Georgetown.
He was not required to plead to a fourth charge, which was laid on indictment, that on July 11, at Georgetown, he unlawfully and maliciously inflicted grievous bodily harm on Daima Ves Aeosta, of Cuba/Georgetown
Those matters were transferred to the Serious Offences Court for hearing.