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Man to undergo psychiatric evaluation

COURT TODAY BLOCKWhen consultant psychiatrist Dr Beresfod Connell addressed the No. 2 Supreme Court today, his assessment was that there was nothing in Pedro Alfonza Burgess’ profile to suggest that he was “a pathological sexual offender”.

The court heard, however, that he faced several cases of indecent assault.

The Baycroft New Road, Bridge Road, St Michael resident was on remand pending sentencing, but was sent to the hospital to have an assessment done.

In his presentation to the court, Dr Connell said that Burgess had admitted to the drug therapist that he used cannabis from age 19 but did not feel he had a drug problem. The only problem he had was “with jail”, since he wanted to go home, the doctor said.

The therapist therefore determined that Burgess lacked the motivation to deal with his drug problem.

Today, attorney-at-law Andrew Pilgrim QC, apologized for the lack of information and told Dr Connell that Burgess in fact had “more than seven cases of indecent assault”, which had raised his concern about his client’s mental state.

Burgess pleaded guilty last year before Justice Randall Worrell to three of them and the others, which were still at the Magistrates’ Court stage, were also taken into consideration.

Police facts revealed that Burgess rode past several secondary school girls on his bicycle.

He then turned back and either pinched their backsides or squeezed their breasts before riding off.

Given the new information, Dr Connell then recommended that Burgess be seen by the prison psychologist who would then make a determination and contact the Psychiatric Hospital if necessary.

Burgess returns to court on March 20.

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