Hijacker mentally fit; goes to court July 13

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Stephen Fray, the man who attempted to hijack a Canjet airplane in Montego Bay two and a half months ago, is mentally fit to stand trial, reports from the psychiatrists who evaluated 21-year-old state.

Fray is now scheduled to appear in the Western Regional Gun Court, July 13, where he will answer to six criminal charges

According to reports, however, the two psychiatric evaluations which were done noted that Fray suffered from a mental disease known as schizophrenia which caused him to hear voices and see things that were not there.

Fray’s lawyer, George Thomas told the court that an independent psychiatric evaluation revealed that Fray was “not himself at the time of the incident”. Thomas made a plea for his client to be placed in a mental institution instead of the police lock-up where he has been since his arrest. The court, however, rejected this request.

On April 19, Fray breached security at the Sangster International Airport and boarded Canjet flight 918.
Armed with a gun, he kept security personnel at bay and held 182 passengers and crew hostage and demanded to be taken to Cuba. He eventually released the passengers, but kept the six-member crew on board.

He was arrested after the security team stormed the aircraft.