Nishal Sankat now on suicide watch

The attorney for Trinidad and Tobago national Nishal Sankat, who allegedly attempted to steal a plane last week, says his client is in a very delicate mental state and is under suicide watch in jail.

In an article in Florida Today, criminal defence attorney Greg Eisenmenger, says he is very concerned about Nishal and the situation he is in, adding his mental status is delicate. 

The 22-year-old who is the son for former UWI principal Professor Clement Sankat, is being held at the Brevard County Jail Complex where is on a suicide watch and is confined alone to the facility's 'bubble' cell, a constantly lit, glass-front cell with little privacy.

The attorney says Sankat's family has arrived in Florida and is providing him with all the support he needs.

He adds he is reviewing information about possible emotional "triggers" that could have led to the incident and wants to pursue another bond hearing for his client, saying  "legally, he has a constitutional right to a bond hearing, however, it is a complex matter."

Sankat's attorney adds that it is possible he could potentially face both state and federal charges, including those dealing with a visa violation.

The 22-year-old is scheduled to reappear in court on October 18th.

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