Mental exam for murder accused

December 16, 2015

A man brought before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on a murder charge was further remanded to undergo psychiatric evaluation to determine if he is fit for trial.

Wayne Mares, 20, is charged with murdering a man with whom he had an altercation.

Allegations are that, on November 20, about 5:30 p.m, Mares walked up to the now-deceased man, stabbed him in the left side of his chest and fled the scene. The man was taken to hospital where he died.

Mares was on the run but returned home after two days. His mother took him to the Hunt's Bay Police Station. When cautioned by the police, Mares claimed he had killed the man in self defence.

However, the investigating officer obtained eyewitness statements which contradicted Mares' claim of self-defence.

Senior RM Judith Pusey chided the young man for implicating himself in murder.

"See how you mash up you life? You won't experience the joys of being 25 on the road," she said.

Based on the contents of Mares' file, the persecutor suggested that he undergo psychiatric evaluation. Pusey ordered the evaluation and assigned a lawyer to represent Mares.

He is to return to court on January 6. The post-mortem is still outstanding.

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