A 40-year-old man, who said he was desperately in need of drug rehabilitation, has been remanded to the Psychiatric Hospital for assessment.
Gaylan Alfonzo Alexander Marshall, of no fixed place of abode, pleaded guilty before Magistrate Douglas Frederick to stealing body oil, a wafer, and a hairbrush worth $29.56 belonging to Devantage Trading on March 31.
Marshall was observed entering iMart Inc, located at Lanterns Mall, Hastings. As he walked through the isle he was seen taking up the aforementioned items and placing them in his clothes. An employee who witnessed his actions reported the matter to the supervisor on duty before Marshall was approached.
However, he denied taking up the items even though a bulge in his shirt suggested otherwise. He subsequently left the store and was arrested.
Today, Sergeant Rudy Pilgrim told the magistrate that Marshall had also been delinquent in attending court since October last year.
However, Marshall explained that he has been battling a “serious drug problem” and was in need of help in order to “get my life back”.
But the magistrate told Marshall that he was always requesting help when he found himself in trouble with the law.
He also reminded the accused that he was previously given an opportunity to get help when he was referred to the Centre for Counselling Addiction Support Alternatives (CASA) last year, but “you never went nor did you come back here and now you want to go to Verdun [House]”.
“When you are on drugs those things happen Sir, you can’t focus,” Marshall replied.
He was then referred to the Black Rock institution for the next three weeks for an evaluation to be done to determine whether he qualifies for the Verdun House programme.
Marshall returns before the No. District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on April 24.