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Woman charged for Valentine’s Day stabbing sent for psychiatric testing

Shazana Hosein, the 30-year-old woman who on Valentine’s Day allegedly stabbed her boyfriend, for no reason according to police, after having lunch with him on a beach in Siparia, has been sent to the St Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital.

Hosein, who lives at Cedar Hill in Princes Town, appeared before Siparia magistrate Ava Vandenburg-Bailey charged with wounding Sharma Ramcharitar on February 14, with intent to murder him at Quinam beach.

The accused was not called upon to plead as the charge was laid indictably. Hosein did not have an attorney.

Prosecutor and legal officer, PC Sheldon Salazar, objected to bail saying Hosein has a pending matter in which she was charged with having a firearm. He also objected based on the nature and seriousness of the alleged offence. Salazar told the court that while on bail for the previous charge, it is alleged she committed another.

The prosecutor suggested that Hosein be evaluated based on "certain things she said" in the cautionary statement.

[caption id="attachment_765519" align="alignnone" width="668"] Shazana Hosein, 30, right, of Princess Town leaves the Siparia Magistrate Court with a police escort on Wednesday morning. PHOT BY VASHTI SINGH[/caption]

The charge alleged that police found Ramcharitar, 37, near Range Resources on Quinam Road with multiple stabs. His throat was also cut. He walked from the beach to the area seeking help and someone contacted police.

The injured man was taken to the Siparia District Health Facility and later transferred to San Fernando General Hospital. The charge alleged that the victim later told police his girlfriend picked him up in Princes Town and drove to the beach. After eating a meal together, he said she attacked him for no reason.

Yesterday, Ramcharitar positively identified the accused during an identification parade held in the South Western Division.

Sgt Jaggernath of the Siparia CID supervised investigations and PC Titus laid the charge.

The magistrate today denied bail, remained Hosein into custody at the hospital for an evaluation and adjourned the case to May 29.


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