A 22-year-old man was seemingly overjoyed today at the thought of going to jail for the next six months as a relative openly wept in the courtyard.
“I gine up there and eat some food and get big, big and come back down,” Jabarry Jazeil Grant remarked to the family member as he was being escorted to begin the sentence at HMP Dodds.
Appearing in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court, the Grazettes Main Road, St Michael man admitted snatching a bangle from a woman’s hand in the City late last week.
However, Grant, who went before Magistrate Douglas Frederick, denied another charge of unlawfully assaulting Rico Bovell.
According to the police facts, Muriel Brathwaite was walking along Cheapside Road close to St Mary’s Church around 1 p.m. last Thursday when a man came from behind, grabbed her right hand, snatched the bangle and ran off.
Station Sergeant Neville Watson told the court that the woman gave chase, screaming all the while. Among the persons who came to her assistance was an off-duty policeman; they captured Grant and retrieved the $500 bangle.
Grant, who is known to the court, has already served two years for a similar offence, and had been bonded and given other sentences for stealing jewellery.
Grant told the Magistrate today that he had a condition but had “tried my best, best, best”. He also told the court that he had a three-year-old “lil’ man” to support.
The magistrate was unmoved, however.
“You were robbing people before you were sick. You are hell-bent on criminality,” Frederick told the accused.
“That is the example you setting for the lil’ man? That when you’re faced with adversity, you rob people to survive?”
Grant’s second matter was adjourned until May 19.