Man accused of attempted murder of police officer in attack near Wellesbourne
A MAN accused of trying to kill a Warwickshire police officer has been transferred from prison to a secure psychiatric unit, a judge has heard.
Marijus Kaminskis, 23, of Aston, Birtmingham, has been charged with the attempted murder of the officer during an incident in Newbold Pacey near Wellesbourne on the afternoon of May 23.
As a result the officer received medical treatment, but returned to duty shortly afterwards. Judge Marten Coates observed that there had been a psychiatric report which concluded that Kaminskis was ‘fit to plead’ to the charge, but that he was not guilty by reason of insanity.
Therefore there would need to be a further report by a second psychiatrist, which the court heard is to be prepared by Dr Dinesh Maganty.
Nick Devine, defending, said Kaminskis has been transferred from the prison where he had been on remand to Reaside secure psychiatric unit in Birmingham, where Dr Maganty is based.
But prosecutor Gareth Walters said: “It is likely the Crown will seek its own psychiatric report as well.”
So Judge Coates adjourned the case for both reports to be prepared prior to a further directions hearing, and remanded Kaminskis in custody.
He commented that the eventual trial is likely to take just half a day if all three psychiatrists agree that Kaminskis was insane at the time – or up to five days if they do not.
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