T&T man accused of murdering step-daughter for mental evaluation

(Trinidad Express) Dwayne Lewis, the man accused of murdering his six-year-old step-daughter Keyana Cumberbatch, on Tuesday told his attorney he was “happy” to be at St Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital.

On Monday, five days after being formally charged at his hospital bed with the death of Cumberbatch, Lewis, a security officer, appeared before Senior Magistrate Indrani Cedeno at the Arima First Magistrates’ Court.

Cedeno ordered that Lewis, 28, be sent to St Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital to undergo a 14-day evaluation.

Lewis, who has been provided with legal aid, was represented by attorney Fareed Ali during the court matter.

Ali on Tuesday visited Lewis at the mental asylum. The visit lasted just over an hour.

Ali said the purpose of Lewis being assessed was to determine his “soundness of mind” at this moment and “not prior to his arrival” to the institution.

Lewis has been on suicide watch since being in police custody.

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