Psychiatric evaluation on Jno-Baptiste is not ready, DPP’s Office tells Court; so Finch matter is adjourned again, to mid-July

After the matter involving the mental capacity of Brittany Jno-Baptiste was rescheduled to be heard today, June 21, the family of Jane Finch must wait another three weeks to know whether she will be fit to stand trial for the alleged killing.

“Unacceptable” was the word used reportedly used by Magistrate Ngaio Emmanuel, when a representative of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) informed the Court that the updated psychiatric evaluation on Jno Baptiste is not ready. 

The officer said the evaluation would be completed in July – although it was due in June; however, he reportedly had no answer when asked for a specific date next month.

In the circumstances, the Magistrate admitted that the Court’s hands are tied until the professional opinion of the Government’s psychiatrist is submitted. Accordingly, the officer said he would speak with the doctor about pinning down a date and inform the Court.

The matter has been adjourned to July 13, 2022.

Meanwhile, a Belmont man who stole an iPhone 11 Pro Max, among other items, will serve time in prison of the offence.

Shago Charles, 34, appeared before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh on Monday, June 20, and pleaded guilty to a charge of larceny. He was then sentenced to six months at Her Majesty’s Prison.

Charles was arrested and charged by the Police following a report by the victim and subsequent investigations.

The complainant, Oresha George, reported that her grey Apple iPhone, valued $3,240; one SIM card valued at $20; and the phone’s case, valued at $27, were stolen, reportedly on June 12, on the All Saints Road.