A 39-year-old man, who admitted to stealing two chocolate bars, has been remanded to the Psychiatric Hospital for assessment.
Gaylan Alphonso Marshall, of no fixed place of abode, entered ANSR Investments earlier today and was seen by a supervisor putting the items in his pocket.
When approached, he allegedly said he had no money to pay for the chocolates, which cost $7.30.
He later told Magistrate Douglas Frederick when he appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court that he had money previously but had spent it on a drink and “went back [into ANSR Investments] and said, ‘hey I needed the energy’”.
Marshall also explained that he had previously been involved in a “little incident” and ended up in “emotional distress” after a friend he was counting on never showed up at the state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital to look for him.
“I just had a rough life recently. I am not working my usual job because of my injury,” said Marshall, who previously worked at a five-star hotel.
Questioned further by the magistrate, he also admitted to using cocaine.
“That’s why you need the energy, you are on a downward spiral,” Frederick suggested.
He also told Marshall he was willing to get him the help he needed once he was prepared to make the sacrifice.
Marshall accepted the offer and was remanded to the Psychiatric Hospital until October 19.
An assessment is to made there of whether he is fit for drug rehabilitation.