Lawyer requesting a psychiatric evaluation for the man accused of killing an elderly couple in JA

By Rumi Samuel Published on May 08, 2021
Lawyer requesting a psychiatric evaluation  for the man accused of killing an elderly couple in JA

Senior attorney-at-law Anthony Williams seeks to get an independent psychiatric evaluation for 25-year-old Fabian Skervin, who is charged with the murder of an elderly Jamaican-Canadian couple in St Thomas in January 2018.

Williams said the psychiatric evaluation would help determine Skervin's state of mind at the time of the incident.

The attorney said Skervin had given a cautioned statement to the police in which he said he was under a mental delusion and had heard two voices, one telling him to kill and the other not to kill.  

Williams made the disclosure when Skervin, who is jointly charged with his girlfriend Nikia Thompson, appeared before Justice Martin Gayle in the St Thomas Circuit Court on Wednesday.

He said his client had mentioned feeling “a ball of fire” over his head.

Melbourne Flake, 81, and his wife Etta, 70, were found dead at their dream vacation home in Retreat, St Thomas, on January 9, 2018.

The couple, who were Jamaicans, had lived in Canada for 50 years.

Thompson worked with the couple as a handyman.

Their hands and feet were bound.

It was reported that the husband had wounds to his head, and the wife was said to have been suffocated.

The Crown is alleging that they were killed at their home and their ATM cards stolen and used to make various purchases, including a wedding ring.

Attorney-at-law Julie Ann Bailey is also representing Skervin, while attorney-at-law Hensley Williams is representing Thompson.

Skervin was remanded to return to court on May 13, while Thompson's bail was extended.

Rumi Samuel

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