Pedro Ian Leroy Taylor was charged with loitering on Hindsbury Road, St Michael today and giving cause to suspect that he was there to steal.
When the 62-year-old unemployed man went before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court, he promptly confessed “I am guilty”. Station Sergeant Neville Watson then outlined the course of events which led to the accused being in the dock.
The prosecutor said that police received information that a man was trying to break into a house at Hindsbury Road. A description of the perpetrator was also provided.
Lawmen then went to the area and were in time to see a man fitting the description coming out the gate of the house. When he was asked to account for being there, Taylor explained to police that he was “just looking for some place to sleep”.
While police dubbed him as having no fixed place of abode, Taylor explained to the court that he previously lived at Belmont Road, St Michael for “a long time”.
He recalled being told that the house at that address was practically his and he could live there freely. It was after the same house had to be pushed down that a Mr Cummings told him he could move to Hindsbury Road, to a house where he (Cummings) had already paid “$9,000 for light and $9,000 for water.”
It was at that stage that
Magistrate Frederick inquired of Taylor whether he had ever gone to the Psychiatric Hospital.
“I went there for a personality problem over a year and a half ago,” the convicted man responded.
“I only want eating and drinking . . . If Mr Cummings told me to go and live in the house and told the people in the area what to do . . . ”
“Then you would have to bring Mr Cummings,” the magistrate said.
The magistrate also determined that meanwhile, Taylor would be better served having an assessment at the Psychiatric Hospital.
He will return to court on January 27.