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Lawyer seeking psychiatric evaluation for accused in murder of elderly St Thomas couple

Published:Friday | May 7, 2021 | 12:22 PM
Melbourne Flake, 81, and his wife Etta, 70, were found dead at their dream vacation home in Retreat, St Thomas on January 9, 2018.

Senior attorney-at-law Anthony Williams is seeking to get an independent psychiatric evaluation for 25-year-old Fabian Skervin who is charged with the murder of an elderly Jamaican-Canadian couple in St Thomas in January 2018.

Williams made the disclosure when Skervin, who is jointly charged with his girlfriend Nikia Thompson, appeared before Justice Martin Gayle in the St Thomas Circuit Court on Wednesday.

The attorney said Skervin had given a cautioned statement to the police in which he said he was under a mental delusion and had heard two voices, one telling him to kill and the other not to kill.  

He said his client had mentioned feeling “a ball of fire” over his head.

Williams said the psychiatric evaluation would help to determine Skervin's state of mind at the time of the incident.

Skervin was remanded to return to court on May 13 while Thompson's bail was extended.

Melbourne Flake, 81, and his wife Etta, 70, were found dead at their dream vacation home in Retreat, St Thomas on January 9, 2018.

Their hands and feet were bound.

It was reported that the husband had wounds to his head and the wife was said to have been suffocated.

The couple, who were Jamaicans, had lived in Canada for 50 years.

The Crown is alleging that they were killed at their home and their ATM cards stolen and used to make various purchases including a wedding ring.

Thompson worked with the couple as a handyman.

Attorney-at-law Julie Ann Bailey is also representing Skervin while attorney-at-law Hensley Williams is representing Thompson.

- Barbara Gayle

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