After years of battling a drug habit and shoplifting from Bridgetown stores, a middle-aged woman is on her way to getting help.
Erlinda Aleasha Maughn asked the court to help her today after appearing on two counts of theft and one for having drug-related apparatus.
When the Lot 30 Neil’s Tenantry, Tichbourne, St Michael woman went before Magistrate Douglas Frederick earlier today, she pleaded guilty to the offences.
Sergeant Martin Rock told the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court that Maughn, 55, went into Chetonya’s Boutique on March 1 and stole two jumpers worth $265, while on April 2, she made off with four pairs of pants from Roots Jewellery & A.Ds Fashion.
On that same date, police also found Maughn with a bottle which had a burnt end; she later admitted using it for her cocaine habit.
“What do you want to say?” asked Magistrate Frederick.
“Sir, I does use cocaine and I need some help,” she replied.
“You never had help before. Never went to drug rehab?” the magistrate queried.
“No please,” Maughn said.
After checking her criminal record though, the magistrate commented: “You probably started stealing so long ago, even before they had a drug rehabilitation programme.”
Maughn was jailed several times, placed on bonds and given a suspended sentence.
“You must have stolen from every store in Bridgetown . . . but I’m not seeing any drug rehabilitation,” Frederick said.
He then remanded her to the Psychiatric Hospital for observation until April 25, after which a report should show whether she is a suitable candidate for drug rehabilitation.
“It is never too late to be rehabilitated,” the magistrate concluded.