After several brushes with the law, Corey Omar Jerome McCollin begged a Bridgetown magistrate to help him fight his drug habit.
“I need help, Sir. Jail ain’t working for me,” he told Acting Chief Magistrate Douglas Frederick, after confessing that he sold all his jewellery “and everything else I had” in order to support a cocaine habit.
“People in my neighbourhood walking behind me,” he added.
After checking his record, Frederick said he found no acts of violence among the 30-year-old’s antecedents.
He therefore remanded the convicted man to the Psychiatric Hospital until September 26 for a report and to determine his suitability for Verdun House.
The court heard from Sergeant Neville Reid that on September 1, around 4:20 a.m., police on foot patrol in The City saw McCollin and another person in the vicinity of Bolton Lane.
McCollin, who was carrying a black bag, looked toward them and began running.
Police gave chase and McCollin was caught on Tudor Street after he fell.
The contents of his bag tumbled out and that was when lawmen saw a hatchet, chisel and duct tape, which they believed would be used either in connection with, or in the course of a burglary – an offence to which McCollin pleaded guilty Monday.
But at the time, he told police he found the items in a garbage can at Church Village. When he was taken there, however, McCollin somehow could not point out that garbage can to police.
His attorney Mohia Ma’at urged the court to take into consideration that drugs seemed to be the genesis of McCollin’s criminal behaviour.
He submitted that the father of two had not wasted the court’s time but had confessed immediately. Furthermore, he said, unless his client’s drug habit was addressed he would continue to be “in prison, out of prison and in prison again”.
The lawyer urged the magistrate to consider a stint at Verdun House for McCollin.