Sean Pierre Griffith believes it might have been consumption of alcohol which made him “come across as intimidating” last December 22, when he demanded US$10 of Tobias Smith.
Griffith, of Erdiston Drive, Pine Hill, St Michael, made the comment after admitting to Magistrate Douglas Frederick that he robbed the bartender on that day.
Simeon Levi Graham, who was also charged with the same offence, maintained his not guilty plea. The Beckwith Street, St Michael resident will return to court on May 8.
In speaking to the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court about the incident, 40-year-old Griffith said that it was Christmas time and he thought that he would “have a drink”.
“When I drink, I get in trouble and when I don’t drink, I don’t get into trouble,” Griffith explained.
When the magistrate advised him that he still needed to get help with that problem, the convicted man said that he had been to both the Psychiatric Hospital and Verdun House “many times”, even though he insisted that his problem is “not chronic”.
“My family is upset with me and hurt . . . and so am I,” Griffith added, in relation to things he would have done while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
“I am going to give you an opportunity . . . so the rest is up to you,” Magistrate Frederick said.
He then gave Griffith a six month suspended sentence for one year. If he breaches that bond, he will be spending six months behind bars.
Griffith told the court that he has a wife and two children and had been on remand for four months.