A 52-year-old man was reduced to tears this morning after a Bridgetown magistrate remanded him to Dodds.
However, those tears soon turned into laughter when Ronald Dacosta Dean, of no fixed place of abode, realized he would only have to spend two more days at the St Philip penal institution.
“Oh sir! I thought you said July 29. I couldn’t handle that,” Dean told Magistrate Douglas Frederick after he was given a June 29 date, adding that “living on that remand block is terrible”.
He had earlier pleaded guilty to stealing five bags of bottles worth $50 belonging to Katrina Collymore on April 4 and had also appealed for help with his drug habit.
He was therefore sent to the Psychiatric Hospital for assessment and was later transferred to Dodds pending his sentencing.
However, the report sent to the District ‘A’ magistrate was not favourable. It showed that Dean had been given several opportunities at drug rehabilitation but was booted out of Verdun House during his last stint there due to “gross misconduct”.
The report also showed that while he had been to the Black Rock institution, he had “discharged himself during the detoxification phase” of the treatment.
As such, doctors recommended that Dean be enrolled in an “inmate drug rehabilitation” programme.
“I was doing okay sir . . . [but] I relapsed. Please give me a chance . . . . I am ready to change . . . . I am willing to do anything instead of incarceration,” he said.
The magistrate relented and gave him another chance at rehabilitation.