The precincts of the Reliance Magistrate’s Court being conducted by magistrate Adela Nagamootoo was in uproar yesterday when a mentally deranged man who was scantly dressed refused to be taken upstairs when his matter was called.
The man, Jene Alvin April, 31, of Errol’s Ville Angoy’s Avenue, is before the court on a charge of unlawful and malicious wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. The victim was his cousin Roderick April.
Prosecuting Corporal Orin Joseph told the court that the two men are close relatives and on Thursday March 24, around 17:15 hrs an argument broke out between the two men.
During the time the victim told the accused that he is a mad man. With that the accused became annoyed, armed himself with a cutlass and inflicted several chops on the victim’s arm and legs.
Roderick April collapsed and had to be rushed to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he was admitted.
The matter was reported and Jene April was arrested and charged.
When the man appeared in court, yesterday he was dressed in rags. He had his underwear on his head. The man was taken out of the court and refused to be taken back into the court, when his matter was called. He started to rant and rave.
He then took the underwear from off his head and started to eat it.
Back in court Prosecutor Joseph made an application for the man to be taken to the National Psychiatric Hospital to be examined by a doctor and then be remanded to the New Amsterdam Prison.
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