After Magistrate Douglas Frederick read a charge to a man accused of stealing seven 20 pound bottles of cooking gas from a Rubis service station, the accused said he was “unable to plead because I have a disability”.
Asked what the disability was, Winston Leroy King informed the court that he has been an outpatient at the Psychiatric Hospital since 1988.
The 43-year-old well-digger lives at Thompson Land, Licorish Village, St Michael and the offence was allegedly committed sometime between April 22 and 24.
King asked the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court to remand him to the Psychiatric Hospital, “so I can tell the doctor wuh going on in my head, so I can come back here and make my plea”.
He also asked for help with his drug problem.
Acting Station Sergeant Neville Watson rose to disclose that King had appeared before another Bridgetown magistrate on March 27, was placed on a bond and ordered to undergo drug counselling.
“That has not been done,” the prosecutor explained.
However, Magistrate Frederick felt that the court should follow “due process” and since King had requested to go to the hospital, he would allow him to do so and “get the professionals to assess him as to his fitness to plead”.
King returns to court on Thursday.