Meshack Crighton was sentenced in the Supreme Court yesterday afternoon after pleading guilty in March to assaulting and causing grievous bodily harm to a man on February 20, 2019.
Cindy Clarke, for the Crown, told Acting Justice Craig Attridge that the assault had resulted in the victim’s eye being ripped out of its socket.
Before sentencing, the Court heard input and testimony from Forensic Psychiatrist for the Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) Dr. Sebastian Henagulph, who completed two psychiatric reports on the defendant at two different points in time; one was conducted shortly after the assault and another was conducted earlier this year.
Dr. Henagulph’s professional opinion is that the assault occurred solely as a result of Mr. Crighton suffering from a bad episode of mental illness. Therefore, he believes that a sentence of imprisonment would be inappropriate and draconian. However, he also told the Court that he was not comfortable with Mr. Crighton’s medication being completely voluntary for him.
Taking everything into account, Acting Justice Attridge sentenced Mr. Crighton to a Section 33 Hospital Order and mandated that he reside at the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute for three years. Should the psychiatrist find him suitable enough to be released from the institution after that time, he will then be released.
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