A man who insisted he was on his way to take some cocaine apparatus which he had found to the police when he was stopped by officers on patrol, has been remanded to the Psychiatric Hospital for assessment.
Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant remanded Thomas Andrew Bailey to the Black Rock mental institution until May 13, after he pleaded guilty to having the apparatus in his possession when he appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court today.
The 36-year-old unemployed man, who has no fixed place of abode, failed in his attempt to convince the court that he had actually found the illegal apparatus while on his way home and had planned to give it to police.
“I was taking the bottles to police to show them that they were people using drugs ma’am. I was going to carry them and show them where the people were using the drugs,” he told the magistrate.
Predictably though, Cuffy-Sargeant didn’t believe that story and sent him to be assessed over the course of the next three weeks.
Police prosecutor Station Sergeant Janice Ifill had earlier told the court that police were on patrol in Nelson Street, the City around 11:30 p.m. when they saw Bailey walking ahead of the vehicle.
On looking back and seeing the police, he placed his right hand in his pants pocket and stooped behind an abandoned car.
This aroused the suspicion of the police and they approached the accused and asked him to give an account of his actions, but he attempted to walk away.
He was subsequently apprehended and searched, and one small bottle containing a hole in the bottom as well as a whitish cast on the inside was found.
When asked to account for it he replied, “I found it at the side of the road”.