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Mixed reports over release of Attin

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A medical report prepared on the mental capacity of killer Chuck Attin showed he was remorseful and wanted to positively contribute to society. According to psychiatric consultant Dr Hazel Othello, the prisoner has enrolled in educational and vocational activities to do this.

His report added: “Chuck Attin does not suffer from a mental disorder at this time and he has not suffered from a mental disorder in the past.“He offended at a young age and has stated he now wants an opportunity to make a positive contribution to society.” Attin, who was then 16 years old, and co-accused Noel Seepersad were convicted on February 7, 1997 of the murders of housewives Candace Scott and Karen Sa Gomes. Attin is now 32.

In a petition at the Port-of-Spain First Criminal Court, led by attorneys Keith Scotland and Daniel Khan, seeking to have him returned to society, Othello’s report forms the backbone of the application for his release.In his submissions before Justice Anthony Carmona yesterday, Scotland quoted extracts of the report to bolster the application.

Based on Othello’s findings, he said, Attin displayed no “personality disorder” and was openly remorseful about his previous criminal behaviour.But a bio-social report, prepared by Prisons Welfare Officer I Deopersad Ramoutar, and quoted by Scotland, stated Attin had not learnt the skills necessary to gain employment.

“As far as I have discovered, he has not acquired sufficient employable and life skills to be the best candidate for early release,” Ramoutar said.He noted, however, that the prison did not have the necessary programmes available for reintegration.
Also, a social report prepared by Prisons Welfare Officer II Hayden Walcott stated despite being remorseful, he was “devoid of effective cognitive skills” to adequately deal with the challenges of life in the wider society.

The hearing was adjourned to December 7 when full oral submissions would be heard. George Busby appears for the prosecution.

A medical report prepared on the mental capacity of killer Chuck Attin showed he was remorseful and wanted to positively contribute to society.According to psychiatric consultant Dr Hazel Othello, the prisoner has enrolled in educational and vocational activities to do this.His report added: “Chuck Attin does not suffer from a mental disorder at this time and he has not suffered from a mental disorder in the past.

“He offended at a young age and has stated he now wants an opportunity to make a positive contribution to society.” Attin, who was then 16 years old, and co-accused Noel Seepersad were convicted on February 7, 1997 of the murders of housewives Candace Scott and Karen Sa Gomes. Attin is now 32.In a petition at the Port-of-Spain First Criminal Court, led by attorneys Keith Scotland and Daniel Khan, seeking to have him returned to society, Othello’s report forms the backbone of the application for his release.

In his submissions before Justice Anthony Carmona yesterday, Scotland quoted extracts of the report to bolster the application. Based on Othello’s findings, he said, Attin displayed no “personality disorder” and was openly remorseful about his previous criminal behaviour.But a bio-social report, prepared by Prisons Welfare Officer I Deopersad Ramoutar, and quoted by Scotland, stated Attin had not learnt the skills necessary to gain employment.

“As far as I have discovered, he has not acquired sufficient employable and life skills to be the best candidate for early release,” Ramoutar said.He noted, however, that the prison did not have the necessary programmes available for reintegration.Also, a social report prepared by Prisons Welfare Officer II Hayden Walcott stated despite being remorseful, he was “devoid of effective cognitive skills” to adequately deal with the challenges of life in the wider society.The hearing was adjourned to December 7 when full oral submissions would be heard. George Busby appears for the prosecution.

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