Psychiatric testing ordered  for accused statue vandal

A man accused of trespassing on Government House grounds and causing $2,000 in damage to the statue of Christopher Columbus has been ordered to undergo psychiatric testing.

However, Shevandaze Barrington Smith, 37, appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt to be arraigned on charges of causing damage and trespassing.

But the court deferred the arraignment until the magistrate gets a report on whether Smith is fit to plead.

Ferguson-Pratt made her decision after Smith’s mother told the court that he has been having episodes of “strange behavior” since 2019.

The magistrate remanded Smith to prison because Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre (SRC) is not accepting any new admissions.

As a result, doctors from SRC will visit Smith at the prison to perform the evaluation. The magistrate said Smith would be moved to SRC if there are any vacancies.

Smith, who appeared to understand the proceedings, insisted, “There is nothing wrong with me.”

Smith said that he moved out of his mother’s home because she kept saying that he was crazy. He asked, “How could a crazy person travel?”

According to Smith, he lived on the streets of Miami without getting into any trouble, prior to his deportation.

Smith claimed that he had spoken to the late Dr. Myles Munroe about his “purpose”.

Smith’s attorney, Donna Major, asked that he not be kept in the maximum security unit.

Major said, “I’m concerned if he’s in the general populace something might occur.”

Ferguson-Pratt said that it would be “presumptuous” of her to tell the prison commissioner where to house Smith, who will next appear in court on November 15.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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