Independent Psychiatrist to lead evidence in defence of GDF Captain


The Preliminary Inquiry (PI) into the case involving Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Captain Orwain Sandy, who is charged with the murder of his reputed wife, Reona Payne is expected to commence shortly.

On Thursday, Defence Attorney, James Bond reported to Magistrate Judy Latchman that Dr Bhiro Harry’s psychiatric evaluation of Sandy was sent to their overseas but due to inadequate flight arrangements, the independent psychiatrist could not make it to court.

Bond noted that the independent psychiatrist will lead evidence in Sandy’s defence.

In light of Bond’s submission to the court, Police Prosecutor, Shawn Gonsalves was ordered to file statements in the matter on June 11.

Reona Payne and Captain Sandy in happier times

Magistrates Latchman told Sandy that after the report, his PI will commence.

Earlier this month, Dr Harry has deemed Sandy mentally fit to stand trial.

Sandy, 36, is currently on remand for the indictable offence which alleged that on March 31, at First Street, Alexander Village, Georgetown he murdered Payne.

A post-mortem report revealed that Payne, a mother of three from a previous marriage, was shot approximately 14 times – 13 times to the chest and once to the head.

Although both Sandy and Payne were married to other people, they were living together for about five years at the Captain’s Providence, East Bank Demerara home.

Following the incident, the GDF immediately interdicted him and launched a Board of Inquiry.

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