His would have preferred to be at the Psychiatric Hospital.
But unfortunately for Aliston O’Brien Rock, Magistrate Douglas Frederick felt he would be better served spending out his time at HMP Dodds.
Rock, 41, of no fixed place of abode, was handed a six-month sentence after admitting to having an offensive weapon, namely an icepick, while at Massy Stores on July 1.
In presenting the facts of the case, Station Sergeant Samuel Hinds revealed that Rock, an outpatient of the Psychiatric Hospital, entered the Massy Store in Worthing and was observed by security in one of the aisles.
He took up a pack of biscuits and on seeing the security guard, asked him, “Are you looking at me?”
The security guard did not reply and moved to the front of the supermarket where he observed Rock return the biscuits.
The accused then left the store along with the guard and as they passed alongside each other, Rock twice asked the guard if he had a problem.
When he did not reply, a scuffle ensued and Rock grabbed the guard by his throat and pulled a red-handled, rusty icepick from his waist.
The guard was able to escape and the matter was reported to police.
The accused was later spotted near the FirstCaribbean International Bank in Worthing by police and arrested.
Rock told the court that he had a drug problem and asked to be enrolled at the drug rehabilitation programme at Verdun House.
However, the magistrate reminded Rock that he had sentenced him to prison for six months on a similar charge.
“You have two serious things working against you and that is you have a serious drug problem and also a psychiatric problem. I don’t know if Verdun House will help you,” he told the accused.
“You are a danger to the public. You know that I have to send you to prison right?”
After realizing he would be sentenced, Rock asked to be sent to the Black Rock mental institution.
“It is more recuperative,” the accused said.
“I know you’d say that, but I’m going to send you to prison. I think you will receive better care there.
“But I want you to try and do something better with your life when you come out,” Frederick said.