More mental health checks for man accused of burying child alive

A man accused of burying a child alive will have to undergo further mental evaluations.

On Friday, Crown prosecutor Toyin Salako told Justice Roger Chapple an initial psychiatric evaluation has concluded that Travis Webb suffers from “an abnormality of schizophrenia”, which may have affected his awareness of his actions.

Salako said the Crown would instruct its own expert to conduct a further review of Webb. “Our expert has had an initial review and accepts that Mr. Webb does have some sort of mental illness, but cannot agree or disagree with defence experts’ conclusions at this time,” she said.

Webb was remanded into custody. Additional evaluations of his mental health will be carried out in November, the court heard.

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