A 35-year-old man from Princes Town, accused of issuing death threats to Police Commissioner Gary Griffith and his wife, has been sent for a psychiatric evaluation.
Mahindra Ramnath, a medical school dropout from Palmyra Village, Princes Town, was remanded to the St Ann's Psychiatric Hospital when he appeared before Magistrate Sanara Toon-McQuilkin in the Port-of-Spain Magistrate's Court, this morning.
Ramnath was not called upon to plead to misusing a telephone to send the threat to the Griffiths, as Toon-McQuilkin opted to wait until she receives his mental health assessment.
According to police reports, around 1.30 am on Wednesday morning, the TTPS command centre received call threatening Griffith and his wife Nicole.
The male caller, whose number was registered, reportedly said: “I want to summon Gary Griffith for defamation of character against me tomorrow in court, or else I will call him and chop off he (expletive) mother (expletive) head. How you like that? And kill he wife Nicole Dyer... huh mother (expletive).”
The call was traced and Ramnath was arrested at his home around 4 pm yesterday evening. He was charged by acting Insp Rajesh Gokool of the Port-of-Spain CID/
If eventually convicted of the charge, Ramnath would face a $200 fine or up to a month in prison.
Ramnath, who was represented by attorney Subhas Panday, will reappear in court on December 4.
Ramnath was the second person to be charged over making death threats to Griffith, this week.
Hours after Ramnath allegedly placed the call, a 12-year-old schoolboy from east Port-of-Spain pleaded guilty to making a similar threat to Griffith on Sunday morning.
In that case, E999 operator received a call from a bmobile number where a male caller said: “We are coming to kill Gary Griffith.”
The call was then transferred to the E999’s police corporal on duty, where the caller repeated his threat to kill Griffith.
The caller then extended his death to the police corporal who took the call.
The corporal immediately informed the relevant senior officers.
The boy, who can not be named as he is a minor, pleaded guilty to the crime when he appeared before Master Nazeera Ali in the Children's Court.
He was released into his parents custody and is expected to reappear in court for sentencing on January 16.
- by Derek Achong