Two men who were at Dodds prison awaiting their fates have been transferred to the Psychiatric Hospital for assessment.
A month after he was remanded to Dodds, 27-year-old Ricardo Scantlebury, of no fixed place of abode, changed his not guilty plea today in relation to a charge of having possession of cocaine paraphernalia on November 17.
Police were on patrol on Tudor Street in the wee hours of that morning when they saw Scantlebury lurking.
“I got my coke pipe in my pocket,” he allegedly told police as he removed a PVC pipe with aluminum foil on one end, containing cocaine residue.
Asked whether he had anything to say today, Scantlebury told the magistrate “when my eyesight went missing, I was blinded by the spirit”.
He was immediately remanded to the Black Rock institution.
Meantime, Jakeel Stephenson Gittens, who had also pleaded guilty to having cocaine apparatus in his possession, was sent to the hospital for an assessment of whether he could be considered for the drug rehabilitation programme at Verdun House.
He had appealed for help for his drug addiction on his last appearance before the magistrate.
Both men return to the No.1 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on January 8.