Charlottetown man facing charges agrees to psychiatric assessment

Published on June 24, 2014

Provincial Correctional Centre in Charlottetown.

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A 45-year-old Charlottetown man charged with one count of assaulting a police officer and multiple counts of damage to property has agreed to undergo a five-day psychiatric assessment.

Dean Carl Chappell will be transported from the provincial correctional centre to the Hillsborough Hospital for that assessment.

Should the medical staff at that facility determine Chappell’s assessment would be better facilitatedat the East Coast Forensic Hospital in Dartmouth, he will be transferred there.

Crown counsel Jeff MacDonald requested the assessment to determine Chappell’s fitness to stand trial.

The request was based primarily on Chappell’s conduct at the provincial correctional centre. A number of the allegations of damage to property relate to incidents at the jail.

Among other things, he’s accused of damaging a cell at the jail and damaging the window of a cell at the jail. His general conduct at the jail has been called into question.

Chappell’s appearances before the court have been laced with profanity and accusations of misconduct against correctional centre staff.

At one point, he directed derogatory remarks towards the bench.

He will be back before provincial court Judge Nancy Orr in early July.