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Doctors want two more weeks with Keyana’s accused

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Doctors at the St Ann’s Hospital, who are assessing the mental status of the man accused of murdering six-year-old Keyana Cumberbatch, have asked for more time to complete their assessment. Dwayne Lewis was scheduled to re-appear before Senior Magistrate Indrani Cedeno in the Arima Magistrates Court yesterday but failed to show. 


A letter was produced to the court to say officials at the mental institution wanted 14 more days to evaluate him. Lewis was sent there after his attorney Fareed Ali explained to Cedeno his client was on suicide watch while in police custody. He is charged with killing Cumberbatch on a date unknown between November 24 and November 29. 



Cumberbatch went missing from her Maloney Gardens, D’Abadie, home on November 25. Her decomposing body was found in a barrel in her mother Simone Williams’ apartment three days later. An autopsy report revealed she was bashed in the head and then sexually assaulted. In court yesterday Ali told Cedeno his client had been in custody for 22 days and wanted to know when he was deemed a suspect in Cumberbatch’s death. 


He added the Homicide Bureau was supposed to contact the Legal Aid Department the minute his client was deemed a suspect but had failed to do so. After hearing Ali’s argument Cedeno adjourned the matter to next January 13 and told the court prosecutor to be ready on the adjourned date with an answer as to when Lewis was deemed a suspect. 


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