Man accused of Gabriella Du Barry’s murder sent for psychiatric evaluation

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 13:00

The man accused of killing Gabriella Du Barry at her Fyzabad home last Thursday, has been sent for a psychiatric evaluation at the St Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital.

Vishal Birju, a PH driver of Pepper Village, Fyzabad appeared before Magistrate Ava Vandenberg-Bailey at the Siparia Magistrates Court this morning.

The court heard that on Thursday 9th January, Birju murdered Du Barry. He was not called upon to plead as the charge was laid indictably.

Wearing a blue shirt, jeans and a white sneakers, the 30-year-old accused continually kept rocking from front to back as he waited for his matter to be heard.

This prompted Court Prosecutor Starr Jacob to ask why he was shaking.

His attorney, Nazima Ali, said he was in need of a psychological assessment. She said he required medication and a proper medical examination.

Prosecutor Jacob consulted with the complainant Cpl Harripersad. She told Magistrate Vandenberg-Bailey that Birju showed no signs of "medical capabilities" during his incarceration.

"He was quite coherent during the enquiries," she added.

However, she said the prosecution had no problems with Birju undergoing a medical examination.

Magistrate Vandenberg-Bailey ordered Birju to be taken for an assessment at the St Ann’s hospital.

He was ordered to reappear in court on 28 January 2020.

Du Barry had been involved in a relationship with Burju since their school days.

She was the mother of a seven-year-old boy.

Police said before she was murdered she had reported domestic violence incidents to the Fyzabad Police.

Gabriella Du Barry was cremated last Sunday.



Story and photos by RADHICA DE SILVA ([email protected])