A 40-year-old rum thief who refused a recommendation that he undergo drug rehabilitation has begun a six-month prison sentence.
Magistrate Douglas Frederick imposed the sentence on Tito Omar Arrindell, who was recorded as having no fixed place of abode, on Monday .
Back in May, Arrindell pleaded guilty to entering the Corner Shop Bar on the first day of that month and stealing a bottle of rum worth $18 belonging to Russell Arrindell, his father. The magistrate had remanded him to the Psychiatric Hospital for doctors to assess whether he was suitable for rehab.
After Arrindell spent three weeks at the Block Rock, St Michael institution, doctors informed Magistrate Frederick, in a letter, that he was a prime candidate to enroll in residential drug rehabilitation, such as that offered at Verdun House.
However, Arrindell apparently told them thanks, but no thanks, saying his father and the court were the ones calling for the treatment.
In court, the magistrate told the father “you can lead the horse to the water, but you can’t make it drink”.