(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) The 22-year-old Trinidad and Tobago national who has been charged with attempting to steal an American Airlines aircraft at the Melbourne Airport in Florida, wanted to use the aircraft to “harm himself”.
This was revealed at court proceedings held at the Brevard County Jail just after 2pm Friday.
Nishal Sankat was charged with burglary, trespassing and grand theft.
The judge initially told the court that she could not find probable cause on the grand theft charge because there was no evidence that he intended to steal the plane.
However, she found probable cause on the other two charges.
It was only after the special agent involved in the case returned and told the court that Sankat admitted that he wanted to take the aircraft to harm himself, that she found probable cause on the matter of grand theft.
He was granted a bond (bail) on the first two charges but not on the charge of grand theft, meaning he will have to stay behind bars.
The prosecution objected to the bond on the basis that Sankat is a dual citizen of Trinidad and Tobago and Canada and also on the basis that he was deemed a threat to the community.
After being questioned by the judge, Sankat told the court that he had not been in touch with his family, but admitted that he tried to call them.He said that he was aware that his family knew he was incarcerated.
The court also heard that Sankat had been medically evaluated since he was arrested.
Sankat was arrested after breaching the fence at the airport and boarding the aircraft.
He was discovered by the maintenance crew who challenged him and alerted law enforcement officers.
There was airport was locked down and several flights were delayed.
Sankat, a former pupil of Hillview College and is the son of former principal of the University of the West Indies, Prof Clement Sankat.