Man believed to set fire to his own home must undergo psychiatric evaluation

Man believed to set fire to his own home must undergo psychiatric evaluation

Investigators say that a mentally challenged man who is believed to have set fire to his home must undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine his mental state. Last week, 37-year-old Justo Augustine was inside his home on Balan Street when a blaze broke out inside the wooden structure. Augustine’s home and all his belongings were completely gutted by the blaze. An investigation into the blaze was conducted by the National Fire Service. And, fire personnel say that based on their investigation, Augustine was playing with an open flame when a significant amount of fuel he had inside the home ignited. Police Press Officer, ASP Fitzroy Yearwood, shared additional details.

ASP. Fitzroy Yearwood, Police Department Press Officer: “Almost all the time. If they claim that that person is mentally challenged that person would go through some form of evaluation by a medical professional in that field and then the Magistrate would say whether or not hat person is fit for trial based on several examinations that that person would go through so that is why I’m telling you I would have to find out how far they got with him in order for me to give you a briefing on him.”

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