By the time Allan Terrance Walcott returns before acting Magistrate Alliston Seale next month, a report from the Psychiatric Hospital should assist the court in determining what to do with the drug addict.
The 34-year-old unemployed man, who once resided in Canada but was deported, had pleaded guilty when he first went before the court to answer a charge of stealing $50 from Kenrick Grimes.
According to the facts which Sergeant Neville Reid outlined, Grimes was on Lower Broad Street, the City, on April 17 when the accused approached and asked him for money. When he refused, Walcott snatched $50 out of Grimes’ shirt pocket and ran off.
Investigations later led to the first-time offender, who returned to court today.
While in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court dock, the acting Magistrate commented on the fact that Walcott’s hands were shaking uncontrollably. Walcott then began laughing uncontrollably as well.
In questioning his mother about him, she told the magistrate that her son “just wants to be on drugs”.
Asked how he had come to the point of having “no fixed place of abode”, the mother said that he had returned here to his father’s family but was “not willing to settle”. She added that she had come from Canada to see if she could get some help for him.
Seale stressed that he was reluctant to incarcerate Walcott or give him a criminal conviction since he clearly needed help.
“How are we going to keep you from smoking dope?” he asked Walcott.
“A part-time job,” the convicted man responded.
“A part-time job would do that? That would only give you enough money to buy dope,” Seale remarked.
Walcott was then ordered to pay $50 in compensation forthwith, which his mother did.
Acting Magistrate Alliston Seale remanded Walcott until May 7 to the Psychiatric Hospital, where he will undergo assessment.