A FORMER security guard facing charges of burglary and theft was, Wednesday, ordered by Magistrate Fabayo Azore, to undergo mental health counseling.
That was after the Court found that the defendant was severely beaten and mentally unable to represent herself.
The woman, Maria Murray (o address given) declared that she had done nothing and was speaking the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
The mother of one, who said she had been a patient of the Psychiatric Ward at Georgetown Public Hospital GPH, is charged with breaking into the Office of the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport on October 26.
Another charge against her is that she stole eight beverages valued at $1,000 and damaged several window curtains in the same office.
Police Sergeant Ramsahoye Rambju, prosecuting, said Murray was formerly employed with Strategic Action Security Service and, at 18:00 hrs on that day, the Ministry security officer made checks on the building and noticed a window was broken.
On further investigation, he discovered Murray lying on the balcony under the influence of alcohol.
Murray’s reputed husband, whose name was not disclosed in Court, then approached the dock where she stood and said they share a child together but she does not heed his advice and follows the wrong company.
But he pleaded with the magistrate to be lenient with her, as she had been beaten and did not have the opportunity to seek medical attention for injuries, to her back and legs, which were shown to the Bench.
The magistrate ordered that Murray be taken to attend her wounds before she returns to Court on November 8.