An 18-year-old man was remanded to the Psychiatric Hospital after saying his use of marijuana made him steal over $1,000 in electronic items.
Shemar Jabari Greaves of Waterhall Land, Eagle Hall, St Michael yesterday pleaded guilty to illegally entering the house of Orlando Sparrock and making away with items, belonging to Kiambu Haynes on June 3, 2016.
According to the police prosecutor in the case, Greaves stole a Nintendo Game cube valued $300, 22 video game discs worth $590 and four game controllers costing $200.
Police were later summoned and the accused owned up to the crime.
Appearing before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court, Greaves said: “I committed [the theft] because I was under the influence of marijuana . . . [and wanted] to sell [the items] to buy food.”
The presiding judge then argued, “This should be a good argument against legalizing the drug.”
“[You] are on the brink of more serious things, if marijuana is already making [you] do these things, that is already a red flag,” Frederick added.
Greaves, who also admitted to using drugs since he was in school, was remanded to the drug rehabilitation unit of the Psychiatric Hospital for assessment to determine whether he was a prime candidate for one of the programmes at Verdun House.
He returns to court on June 20.