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Accused remanded, faces mental evaluation

  A 27-year-old Suva man was told in the Magistrates Court on Wednesday that he needed to undergo psychiatric evaluation to verify claims that he is of unsound mind. The
09 Feb 2018 11:00
Accused remanded, faces mental evaluation
Sanjeshwar Prasad. Photo: Fonua Talei

 

A 27-year-old Suva man was told in the Magistrates Court on Wednesday that he needed to undergo psychiatric evaluation to verify claims that he is of unsound mind.

The accused, Sanjeshwar Prasad, appeared before Magistrate Waleen George charged with breaching a domestic violence restraining order.

His lawyer, Mohini Pillay, told Magistrate George that the complainant was the accused’s girlfriend.

A disagreement had erupted between the two when issues about their marriage plans arose.

Ms Pillay said the complainant had also been charged with attempted murder where she tried to hurt the accused.

She said her client’s mental instability became apparent because of the alleged incidents.

Magistrate George told the accused that he did not appear to be of unsound mind before asking him a series of basic questions, which he was unable to answer.

The accused’s mother informed the court that her son was a St Giles patient and had been taking pain killers.

Magistrate George questioned the defence as to what was causing him pain to warrant him consumption of pain killers.

The court then heard that the accused had seven cases against him, two of which had been dismissed.

Magistrate George remanded the accused in custody and transferred the case to be called before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili on February 12, 2018 for orders for a psychiatric evaluation.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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