Request for psychiatric evaluation

Friday February 07, 2020 Written by Published in Crime

Crown Law has requested the court to order a psychiatric evaluation of a man who is alleged to have damaged the windscreen of the Prime Minister’s Office vehicle PM1.

 

Jordan Arona Elizabeth Ata Ariki Glover had entered a not guilty plea to this charge last year.

However, Crown Law’s Jana Epati said they were concerned with the defendant’s mental state and needed a psychological evaluation to be done.

She said this would help them decide whether the defendant was fit to enter a plea.

However, Glover told the court that this was not necessary as a psychological evaluation on him had already been done.

Justice of the Peace John Whitta agreed that a general assessment was done 3-4 years ago by Dr Rangi Fariu. He said it was a comprehensive evaluation of the defendant’s general condition.

Glover, who made an application for a Legal Aid lawyer, is now represented by a Legal Aid representative Keykore Ahsin.

Ahsin told JP Whitta that he was only instructed to help Glover draft an affidavit, and not deal with his wilful damages charge. But he said he needed to look into the old psychological report.

JP Whitta advised that the report would be available with Dr Fariu.

It is alleged that on January 11 last year Glover damaged the windscreen of the vehicle at the Prime Minister’s Office. The damaged caused is $1472.

The matter has been adjourned to April 9.

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