Kaieteur News: Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson yesterday refused to grant bail to carnal knowledge accused Chandra Narine Sharma, when he appeared before her yesterday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court. Sharma after being denied bail collapsed in the prisoners’ chute and had to be rushed back to the Georgetown Public Hospital.
Late yesterday afternoon, an employee at CNS 6 said on condition of anonymity that Mr Sharma is faking it.
The staff member said that Mr Sharma has refused to take his medication, that he has been spitting it out in the bathroom thus preventing control of his blood pressure.
Reports are that he has a sick sinus syndrome described as a condition in which the heart speeds up and slows down on its own.
A doctor explained that the condition is not malignant and will not cause fainting.
Sharma was discharged from the hospital late yesterday afternoon, and was up to press time being detained at the Brickdam Police Station.
Kaieteur News understands that the remand warrant was not signed.
Yesterday the Director of Public Prosecutions Shalimar Ali-Hack, who is prosecuting for the state, made an application for the matter to be held in camera (in private). Appearing on Sharma’s behalf were attorneys at law Nigel Hughes, Tanya Warren, Mark Waldron and Vic Puran.
Handcuffed and shackled police officers brought a nervous looking Sharma to the court room.
As he sat in the prisoner’s dock, Sharma repeatedly shouted at the reporters telling them “he was not feeling well, and if he collapsed and died the government should be blamed”.
Sharma also had a portable blood pressure machine attached to his wrist and checked the device constantly while he sat in the dock.
The DPP in her brief address before the court room was emptied said that the victim’s identity must be protected.
Hughes also made the request for the relatives of the accused to be present in court. Almost half an hour later Sharma’s attorneys and the DPP emerged from the courtroom and told reporters that bail was refused, and Sharma was escorted to the prisoner’s chute.
As police officers opened the prisoner’s chute, they found Sharma lying on the floor.
The police officers quickly rushed to Sharma’s assistance and hurriedly rushed him to a waiting police car.