Crown and defense concerned about mental health issues
A woman arrested on the morning of May 7 appeared in court on Friday morning, charged with robbery and related offenses.
The woman, 39, was listed on her charges as being homeless.
Crown Counsel Marilyn Brandt expressed her concern to Magistrate Philippa McFarlane Ebanks that the woman may have mental health issues.
She said the matter was quite serious, noting that the charges included an allegation that the woman slapped a machete on the counter at Burger King in North Church Street while demanding a cheeseburger.
For that incident, she is charged with using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior with intent to cause two named women to believe that immediate unlawful violence would be used against them.
She is also charged with having a machete and knife in her possession outside her own house and premises.
Details of the robbery charge are that she stole a piece of carrot cake at Cafe del Sol, and used force in order to do so.
Defense attorney Prathna Bodden attended the Summary Court hearing and reminded everyone that robbery is a charge that must be dealt with in the Grand Court.
The magistrate transmitted that file to the higher court and set May 23, as the defendant’s next appearance date.
Ms. Bodden asked for the other two charges to be adjourned until May 21, which is when the Mental Health Court next sits.
The magistrate directed that the woman be remanded in custody for her own protection and welfare.