Honiton murder accused to undergo psychiatric assessment

PUBLISHED: 13:51 22 September 2017 | UPDATED: 13:51 22 September 2017

Keith Beviss is currently housed at Long Lartin Prison. Images courtesy ofElizabeth Cook and Google Maps.

Keith Beviss is currently housed at Long Lartin Prison. Images courtesy ofElizabeth Cook and Google Maps.

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Keith Beviss, aged 54, of Woodhayes Drive, Honiton, is currently on remand at Long Lartin Prison but is likely to be transferred to hospital shortly.

A man who is accused of murdering an electrician as he was working at a Jehovah’s Witness hall is to moved to hospital for a psychiatric assessment.

Keith Beviss, aged 54, of Woodhayes Drive, Honiton, is currently on remand at Long Lartin Prison but is likely to be transferred shortly.

He is due to be tried at Exeter Crown Court on November 27 for the murder of 55-year-old Philip Ryan at the Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall in Dowell Street, Honiton, on Tuesday June 6.

Mr Ryan, a married electrician from Westward Ho!, North Devon, was found with fatal stab wounds. He had run Ryan Alarms and Electrical Services with friend Chris Ley for 30 years after moving to Devon from Henley on Thames.

Beviss appeared at Exeter Crown Court by video link from Long Lartin and spoke only to confirm his name.

Mr Simon Laws, QC, prosecuting, said a report has been received from consultant psychiatrist Dr John Sandford, who examined Beviss on behalf of the defence.

He said the Crown hope to obtain their own report from a second consultant psychiatrist, Dr Philip Joseph, who hopes to interview the defendant after he has been transferred from jail to a psychiatric hospital.

Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC, adjourned the case for a further hearing on November 3, when the arrangements for the trial will be finalised. He remanded Beviss into custody.

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