Allan DeCurtis Junior Crichlow is fighting “a cocaine monster”.
That was what the self-confessed drug user told Magistrate Douglas Frederick today when he appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.
However, the 40-year-old unemployed man, of South District, St George, will have nine months to fight that battle at HMP Dodds.
Crichlow pleaded guilty to stealing one $1, 800 cell phone, one car key worth $275 and a $50 pants belonging to Marcia Burrowes on May 16, 2018.
Along with having to struggle with “his monster”, the accused said he had also been burdened by the death of his father.
“I had to deal with my father who was suffering from strokes and I was also fighting my own monster in cocaine. I really need help with this problem. I tried to beat it by myself but it is not working,” he told Magistrate Douglas Frederick, adding that his father had passed away in April.
“I’m a cocaine addict. I saw the things and I took them up because I have a serious drug problem.”
When a check of the records was made, it was revealed that Crichlow had an outstanding $300 fine from February 9, which had not been paid.
That fine carried an alternative of six months in prison.
“I will give you nine months in prison. If when you get out of prison you still want help, come to me,” the magistrate told him before sentencing him.
The nine months will run concurrently with the six-month sentence.
The court heard from prosecutor Rudy Pilgrim that the complainant drove her Suzuki Vitara to Browne’s Beach. She changed and made her way to the beach and placed her possessions on the sand before going into the water.
When she returned, she realized her possessions were missing and made a report to the policeman who was on duty in the area.
The officer informed her that he had reason to search the accused and had found the car keys on his person. He was subsequently arrested and charged.