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Keyana suspect on suicide watch

Monday, December 16, 2013
Keyana Cumberbatch

After spending 18 days at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, the 28-year-old man accused of killing six-year-old Keyana Cumberbatch is scheduled to appear in court today charged with her murder. Sources at the health institution said that the man was discharged on Friday but was kept at the hospital for further evaluation. Senior medical sources said the man, who was kept on suicide alert, was discharged for his asthmatic attack but will be kept until today for a psychiatric assessment.



The man, who was reportedly last seen in company with the child before she was discovered missing, was warded at the hospital after he suffered an asthma attack on November 29. He was officially charged with killing the child on December 5 while still at hospital. On December 9, his lawyer Fareed Ali requested a psychological assessment for his client. Police also launched an investigation into how a photograph of the accused in police custody ended up on social media. 


Cumberbatch went missing on November 25. She was last seen leaving her Maloney Gardens, D’Abadie, home on her way to her grandmother’s apartment one building away. Her decomposing body was found three days later in her apartment, inside a plastic cargo bag in a barrel next to her mother’s bed. Cumberbatch was hit in the head so severely that her skull was cracked. She was then sexually assaulted, an autopsy report revealed. 


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