As Yugge Farrell heads back to the court today for the third time, Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves, speaking on WEFM last Friday, said that the Psychiatrist who signed the report which was submitted to the court is well qualified.
“Dr Sonasree Jammulapati has a Doctor of Medicine in Psychiatry from the NTR University of Health Sciences in India, and is registered as a qualified Psychiatrist with the Andhra Pradesh Medical Council in India”.
Dr Jam-mu-la-pa-ti had signed the medical report which concluded that Ms Farrell was not fit to plead to the charge brought against her when she reappeared at the Kingstown Magistrate Court on Monday, January 22, 2018.
Grant Connell, the lawyer representing Ms Farrell, said that the Court should not be guided by the report as it was not prepared by a Psychiatrist.
Yugge Farrell appeared before the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court Friday, charged that on Thursday, January 4 at Granby Street, Kingstown, she did cause a breach of the peace by using abusive language to Karen Duncan- Gonsalves of Prospect, which was “You dirty b**ch.”
Duncan-Gonsalves, a lawyer attached to the Attorney General’s chambers, is the wife of Minister of Finance Camillo Gonsalves.
Farrell pleaded not guilty to the charge and will return to the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on January 22, following evaluation.
Gonsalves further stated that Dr Karen Providence, the registrar at the Mental Health Center has university qualifications in psychology and training in psychotherapy.
In August 2017, police said that Farrell was a person of interest in an investigation being carried out by them into the use of an Instagram account.
Posts made from the account contained defamatory comments about several government officials, public figures and members of the public.
Among those mentioned in the posts are Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves and his adult children Camillo and Isis. A former police commissioner, a member of the staff of the Ministry of Agriculture, a female teacher at the St Vincent Grammar School, as well as prominent lawyers, are also mentioned in a derogatory manner.
Gonsalves said also on Friday that the officials at the Mental Health facility consulted with a medical practitioner, working at one of the Medical Schools here, who is qualified as a psychiatrist.
Connell last Wednesday told News784 that he would call on the good office of the DPP to Nolle prosequi the case when they return to court Monday 29th January 2018.