Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said he was not at the court proceeding of Yugge Farrel on Friday 5th January , however, reading a press report he saw the most damning thing as stated by a defence counsel.
“ What I find troubling was when he said, you send someone to the Mental Hospital you cannot find them”.
“He said there was a gentleman that they sent there, and they could not find him where he was, disappeared”.
Gonsalves said of all what transpired in the court and the report, that was the most disturbing and alarming thing because he knows the backdrop of the law.
“As I usually say, if a Magistrate, Prosecutor or Defence counsel could have done things differently, that’s a matter for debate, and you can have that for as long as you want”.
“But it would be alarming if someone is sent to Mental Health Centre for a report, and then as the defence lawyer said then, according to the report, that the person just disappeared, so naturally, I have not heard anybody talk about that, but am interested in that, that’s most interesting, human beings cannot disappear just like that”.
Gonsalves said he inquired from the relevant authorities, and what he was told was that there was an order for observation, as was done in this particular case.
“ The psychiatrist had written the report, it had to be typed up on the proper letterhead, but she, this professional had an engagement at the hospital and requested that the report is sent to her for review, have it signed and returned to the magistrate”.
Gonsalves said he was further told that by the time all that was completed the case had been called and there was no report and the person was not there, however not because of such, you ought to assume the person disappeared, Gonsalves lamented.
“Well the person was at the Mental Health Center up to Sunday I was advised”.
Gonsalves said that is a matter to create fear and alarm, whereby somebody can be at the Mental hospital for a report as in the case of this gentleman, and then a lawyer is saying the person “disappeared”, “can’t be found”.
“ If you look at the report I think there is something to that effect”
“ You know the thing about me, Gonsalves said, people want to the salacious, I don’t go there you know, you see where my mind is focused”
I know what the law says, Gonsalves stated. Gonsalves said the government recently spent a lot of money on the Mental Hospital.
“ The truth is we have to as a community of people, as a government, we have to deal with mental health seriously than we currently are.