A 27-year-old car washer who said he was tired of being “a menace to society” will spend the next 18 months at Dodds prison.
Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant handed down the sentence on Ruben Decoursey Jordan, of Fairfield Cross Road, Black Rock, St Michael, today after he pleaded guilty to stealing a $250 bicycle belonging to Mark Boyce on March 7 and a $1,500 cellular phone belonging to Ismail Mohamed on April 29.
Sergeant Edwin Pinder told the magistrate that Mohamed parked his vehicle on Tudor Street, The City, leaving the device in the passenger seat.
On his return, a security guard informed him that a man had entered the vehicle and walked away putting something in his pocket.
Mohamed subsequently discovered the device missing and reported the matter to police.
Jordan was developed as a suspect and arrested for the offence.
He admitted to stealing the phone but said he had sold it to an unknown person.
In Boyce’s case, he parked the bicycle in a shed in his yard and ventured inside his house. He later heard a noise and on looking outside saw Jordan riding off with his property which was later recovered.
“Ma’am for the past six years I was under a terrible situation that I can’t even explain to the world – crack cocaine and I in and out of jail. I don’t want to continue like that because I become more vicious and vicious to society,” Jordan said, explaining that he stole from men, women and children alike to feed his habit.
“I don’t want to be a menace to society ma’am. It haunting me ma’am. Sometimes I does smoke and cry ma’am,” he said.
He then asked for help but the magistrate told him he did not qualify for the programmes on the outside, given his history.
Cuffy-Sargeant then imposed the sentence with the order that he undergoes drug rehabilitation while at the St Philip penitentiary.