Man stabbed with pencil, bitten in Santa Rita Jail assault; suspect had pending psychological well being analysis

DUBLIN — Whereas awaiting a psychological well being overview by psychiatrists, a Santa Rita Jail inmate allegedly stabbed his cellmate with a pencil, bit him within the ear, and pulled a plastic bag over his head, authorities say.

The 41-year-old San Lorenzo resident allegedly attacked his cellmate on Might 31, simply two weeks after his lawyer overtly doubted that his shopper was mentally competent to face trial and requested for him to obtain a psychological analysis. For the reason that assault, which has not resulted in prison expenses, the person has been evaluated and is awaiting switch to a hospital, however stays in jail for now, courtroom information present.

The person’s subsequent courtroom date, the place a decide will overview a suggestion that he be hospitalized, has been set for Friday, in line with courtroom information.

The person was arrested final March, after allegedly attacking his roommate at a residential care residence in San Lorenzo, in line with courtroom information. Simply two months later, his lawyer formally declared a doubt to his psychological competency.

On Might 31, the person’s cellmate reported the assault to deputies within the jail. The sufferer, who had been booked on a parole violation weeks earlier, sustained solely superficial accidents, police stated. Authorities additional alleged that the person admitted to making an attempt to kill the sufferer.

The intersection of psychological well being remedy and the prison justice system has for years been fraught with issues, together with an enormous, statewide hospital mattress scarcity that leads to folks with critical psychological sickness being jailed for weeks even after their prison instances have been suspended.

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