Judge orders psychiatric evaluation for escapee

January 20, 2022

A parish court judge ordered a psychiatric evaluation report for a man who reportedly escaped police custody last year.

The accused, Ewart Anderson, pleaded not guilty to the offence when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court. It is reported that Anderson was involved in a motor vehicle crash and the police went to the scene to investigate. It is alleged that Anderson went back into the vehicle and sped away. The police gave chase and eventually captured him. He was taken into custody and was being held at the Duhaney Park Police Station in a conference room.

The court heard that Anderson, 43, broke a glass window and escaped from the station. He was later found hiding in a nearby gully. The prosecution told Senior Parish Judge Lori-Ann Cole-Montague that the investigators are requesting a psychiatric evaluation based on Anderson's behaviour at the station and are opposed to him being offered bail.

Anderson is being represented by Jezeel Martin, who argued that his client has been in custody for two months and, if granted bail, could be placed in the custody of his brother. However, the lawyer's request was denied.

"This court is obliged to have the benefit of the [psychiatrist] report," the judge said. Anderson was further remanded and should return to court on March 18.

-T.T.

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