Lawyers challenge psychiatric reports for convicted killers
Guardian Senior Reporter
Published: Oct 23, 2013
The lawyers for three convicted cop killers prosecutors want executed yesterday castigated the doctor who prepared psychiatric reports for the men.
Stephen “Die” Stubbs, Andrew “Yogi” Davis, and Clinton Evans were convicted of the 1999 murder of Constable Jimmy Ambrose at a retrial.
Probation officers and the psychiatrist gave the court insight into the convicts’ social backgrounds and mental health.
Dr. S. Bodha said the men did not suffer from mental illnesses and planned to appeal their convictions.
Bodha said he was unable to give an assessment of their capacity for reform as they denied the charges.
Bodha admitted that the reports of Stubbs and Davis were identical, but he said generic terms were used in preparing them.
Ian Cargill, who appears for Davis, told Bodha that his report was “flawed to the core” as the antecedents listed in his report were incorrect.
Bodha said he did not identify any flaws.
Justice Roy Jones did not allow Cargill to show Bodha what he said was the correct report.
Murrio Ducille suggested that Bodha was cavalier in his approach in preparing the report as he only met with Stubbs for two minutes. Bodha said the evaluation took about 45 minutes.
In response to a question from Ducille, Bodha said he was aware of instances where people were wrongly convicted. He agreed in those circumstances the question of remorse did not arise.
Romona Farquharson, who represents Evans, asked Bodha if the fact that Evans had no arrests since his last conviction in 2005, showed that he was capable of reform.
He did not agree with the suggestion. While being questioned by prosecutor Ambrose Ambrister, Bodha said he lacked experience in prison rehabilitation.
According to the probation reports, none of the men did well in school. In spite of their educational shortcomings, the men reported that they were able to secure employment and take care of their children.
However, the probation officers said they were unable to verify the men’s employment history and that they did not check National Insurance to confirm whether they had made any contributions.
The penalty phase of the trial continues at 11:30 a.m. today.