Richards Fit For Trial

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Published: May 09, 2017 3:53 pm AST
Edrino Richards
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Edrino Richards, the man who escaped from Her Majesty’s Prison sometime last year, has been deemed mentally fit to stand trial, following several assessments.

In an appearance before the Magistrate’s Court yesterday, May 8th, the court noted that an assessment of the accused, conducted by a local psychologist, indicated that the accused is fit to stand trial.

Richards’ lawyer, Mr. David Penn, in response to the court’s inquiry as to whether or not he detected something mentally wrong with his client, stated, “I detected no such abnormalities.”

The court had ordered Richards to be evaluated following his banter and actions in court during an earlier appearance.

The accused is facing two counts of escape charges, in relation to the incidents which occurred on July 4th 2016 at the Mental Health Department and on September 6th 2016 at Her Majesty’s Prison. He is also facing a charge of possession of cannabis.

He pleaded not guilty to all the charges brought against him.

According to court records, following his arrest on July 1st after being found with cannabis, the accused was taken to the Mental Health Department for an evaluation. On July 4, following the evaluation and while being escorted out of Peebles Hospital by officers, Richards got away, jumped over the steps, ran into the bushes and disappeared.

He was found and again arrested on September 2nd.

On September 6 at Her Majesty’s Prison, in the middle of securing the prisoner, the prison guard on duty got distracted and Richards escaped yet again. Richards was seen jumping over the gate of the main entrance of the prison and disappeared in the Hawks Nest area.

He was later identified and arrested on September 8 in Parham Town.
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