A self-proclaimed drug addict was remanded to the Psychiatric Hospital for evaluation at his own request, after appearing in the No. 2 District ‘A’ Criminal Court on multiple theft charges.
Jerome O’Bryan Rudder of 4th Avenue Mannings Land, Bank Hall, St Michael is accused of entering the dwelling of Cheryl Ramsey on July 3, 2017 and stealing a game console, a laptop, a t-shirt, a watch, two bracelets and a game disc, with an estimated combined value of $2,650.
He was also charged with entering Michelle’s Grill and Fried Fish as a trespasser on July 18, 2017, and stealing items valued at $1,260.
Rudder, who was out on bail on similar charges, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Prosecutor Sergeant Glenda Carter-Nicholls objected to him being released, pointing out that that his previous surety was no longer willing to stand bail.
“Ma’am, we have heard his surety say that he is not behaving himself and we have to protect him [the accused] from himself, as well as protect the society,” Carter-Nicholls said.
But in his submission, Rudder pleaded with Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant not to remand him to prison.
“I was smoking crack cocaine and I ask the court to give me a chance. I never [went] to jail and I don’t want to go there; I just want a chance. I don’t want to stress my mother no more because she does do anything for me,” he begged.
The magistrate granted the accused’s request that he not be sent to jail, and instead remanded him to the Psychiatric Hospital to participate in the drug programme there.