A 42-year-old man who is recorded as having no fixed place of abode will undergo an assessment at the Psychiatric Hospital during the next three weeks.
Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant remanded Terrance Sandor Bowen to the Black Rock, St Michael institution Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to theft and drug charges.
Bowen admitted to the No. 2 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court that on October 31, he stole $800 in cash belonging to Kerry-Ann Forde.
He said he was also guilty of possession of cocaine and having apparatus for the misuse of that illegal substance.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Janice Ifill, in giving the facts of the case, revealed that Forde left her car in the Fairchild Street area and went into town to conduct business.
She had also allowed Bowen, whom she knew as TC, to wash her vehicle as he had done on previous occasions.
On her return from town, Forde’s purse fell into the drain area as she got into her car. She did not see, but Bowen did.
Rather than tell Forde where her purse fell, Bowen suggested to her that she return to her last stop to check whether she had left the purse there.
Forde left the vehicle unlocked and retraced her steps, but did not find her property.
While she was away, Bowen retrieved the purse, took out the money and then threw the purse behind the driver’s seat.
Forde later returned and located the purse but without the money. She reported the matter to the police and later identified Bowen to lawmen as the person she believed had taken the money.
Police conducted a search of Bowen’s person where $367 and one US dollar was found in his back pocket.
He admitted it was the remainder of the money, he had taken from Forde’s purse.
Bowen also handed over a sleeveless shirt, a pants, a pair of slippers, a scarf, a Mount Gay bottle containing a small amount of alcohol, a Magnum bottle, a wine bottle and a box of Embassy cigarettes which he said had been purchased with some of the money.
The cocaine was found in his front left pants pocket. The cocaine apparatus which was described as a small ginseng bottle with burnt mesh wire on the top, was also found.
“That is my scrapper pipe and cocaine,” he reportedly told the police when the items were discovered.
After the facts were presented to the court, the magistrate sent Bowen for a psychiatric assessment. He returns to court on November 23.