|Head of Sandilands summoned to court|
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: Jul 05, 2012
Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre’s Medical Chief of Staff Dr. Nelson Clarke has been ordered to appear before the Supreme Court today to explain why a direct order from the court was not followed.
This came after Prison Superintendent Dr. Elliston Rahming said it was not the prison that ignored a judge’s order but Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre.
Senior Justice Jon Isaacs had ordered Rahming to appear before him to explain why accused murderer Richard Gibson had not been seen by a psychiatrist and evaluated.
Attorney Paul Jones told the judge yesterday that despite written requests to the superintendent, the court’s order of April 13 had not been followed.
Rahming said the prison is not responsible for the execution of psychiatric examinations.
He said that while he did receive the request, he was only copied in the letters. He said the communications were addressed to Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre.
“It appears that the failure to provide report lies with those responsible for Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre,” Justice Isaacs said.
“Under the circumstances, the court will require Dr. Clarke to appear [Thursday] at 10 a.m. to explain why the directive of this court on April 13, 2012 has not been complied with.”
Gibson’s arraignment for the 2011 stabbing death of his daughter, Richa, was set aside after he informed the court he was suffering from depression and mental illness.
Prosecutors allege that Gibson killed his 15-year-old daughter during an argument at their Sunshine Park home last October, shortly after he was released from prison.
Gibson told the court yesterday that he is still sick. He asked to be excused from court today.
“I’m really feeling terrible because of my medications,” he said.
Isaacs told him that he would not be required to attend court today.
Attorney Roger Thompson represented the crown.