Alleged attacker to undergo psychiatric evaluation
WESTERN BUREAU:A St James man who allegedly threw stones at his neighbour and then attacked him with a knife, in July, was offered bail when he appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday.
Scean McBean, of a Copperwood address in Cambridge, St James, is charged with assault occasioning bodily harm. He was offered bail in the sum of $70,000 and had his case set for mention on October 28, when a psychiatric report will be made ready for him.
The court was told that on July 22, the male complainant was walking toward his home when McBean threw stones at him. The complainant asked McBean to desist and went inside his house.
It is further alleged that a short while later the complainant came back outside, At this point, McBean attacked him with a knife. Neighbours intervened and the police were called. McBean put up a struggle with the police but was restrained.
In making a bail application on Monday, McBean's lawyer, Morrel Beckford, told presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie that his client had been recommended for a psychiatric evaluation during a previous court hearing, but that the defendant believed he had been picked on.
"He (McBean) has been in custody since July. The opinion he has expressed to me is that the reason the psychiatric evaluation was recommended was because of how he was attired ... he was quite dishevelled," said Beckford.
"The efforts to get him assessed (for the report) have not gone through. An appointment has been made for him at the Fairview Medical Centre," Beckford also indicated that he has an address where he can live that is far from the Copperwood area.
The court was told that the prosecution's case file was complete as the complainant's medical certificate had been added to the file.
"I will offer him bail in the sum of $70,000 with three sureties. He is to have no contact with the complainant, and he is to stay away from Copperwood," said Tie, before setting McBean's case for mention on October 28.
- Christopher Thomas