Fed up with being in prison, Thomas Benedict today made a decision in the hope of securing his freedom at the earliest opportunity.
The 26-year-old, of Apartment #3, Dayrells Road, Christ Church, had previously pleaded not guilty to stealing two handbags, one Louis Vuitton wallet, two cellphones and $100 in cash on October 28, 2016. The items, which carry a total value of $3,506.60, were the property of Jennifer Fannin.
Benedict’s mother had previously stood as his surety, but following a dispute between the two in which she accused him of being disrespectful towards her, she withdrew as his surety.
The accused had also been admitted to the Psychiatric Hospital for evaluation.
However, when he reappeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant in the District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court, Benedict said he was frustrated at being constantly remanded to prison for 28 days and wanted to change his plea.
“Every time I come here it’s 28 days, 28 days, 28 days. I don’t know when I am going to be back out in society,” he said.
“Whenever I come court I don’t see
my mother, it’s just remand for 28 days all the time.”
However, the magistrate warned him that in pleading guilty he was accepting full responsibility for the charge.
She told him that he did not know what his sentence would be, and therefore should not plead guilty because he wanted to go home.
“I don’t know how long the sentence is going to be, but at least I would know when I would be coming out of prison,” Benedict replied before the magistrate accepted the plea and adjourned the matter until July 18 when the facts of the case will be read.