A 50-year-old man who was caught loitering on the premises of Kensington Oval in the wee hours of this morning will spend the next six months in jail.
Ronald Anthony Chesterfield Deane, who was suspected of being on the cricket ground to commit theft, today pleaded guilty in the No.2 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court to the charge.
The court heard from police prosecutor Sergeant Janice Ifill that when lawmen were responding to a report on Fontabelle, St Michael around 12:55 a.m., they heard bottles rattling in the area of the Oval.
They then received a report from Terry Springer, the caretaker of the cricket ground, that Deane was seen on the compound with a case of bottles. When lawmen approached Deane, he ran off with the bottles. He was pursued and was captured near Esso Holbourne.
“They does got parties and I know bottles here that I could thief and get money to buy drugs, cause I got a drug problem,” the man, who had no fixed place of abode, reportedly told police when he was apprehended.
Asked further by the lawmen whether he had gotten permission to go on the property, Deane replied: “No, officer, but I know I could get money for them bottles. I saw them behind there and I took them to buy drugs.”
He was arrested and taken into custody. When told that he was being charged for the offence, Deane allegedly said: “I gine go court and tell them I mad, cause wunna is de f****** criminals and I ain’t gine no jail.”
On hearing the facts, Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant asked Deane whether he had anything to say to the court.
“I pleaded guilty and that is all I got to say,” was his reply.