So desperate for drugs was Ackeem Venice Jones that he broke into his grandmother’s house and stole her television.
But after admitting to Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant in the District A Magistrates Court today that he was in desperate need of help for his drug addiction, he was remanded to the Psychiatric Hospital to begin that process.
The magistrate took that course of action after the unemployed, 22-year-old man who has no fixed place of abode admitted to breaking into Roslyn Jones’ house on October 24 and stealing one television, a remote control and brackets.
In giving the facts prosecutor police constable Kevin Forde disclosed that the virtual complainant had left home and returned to find that the television in her daughter’s bedroom was missing.
She also realized that the bed and drawers in her bedroom had been ransacked.
The matter was reported to police and Jones was subsequently held and admitted to breaking into his grandmother’s house.
He told police he used a screwdriver to gain access into the house.
Appearing on behalf of the accused man, Neisha Moore told the court that her client was still at a very young age and was impressionable.
She said what differed in this instance from Jones’ previous five convictions was the fact that he now admitted to having a drug problem and was seeking help.
Moore said her client had the support of his family and was willing to do whatever was required to beat the habit.
On checking his conviction card, the magistrate revealed that Jones had been given community service as well as a six-month suspended sentence.
“I’ve been having this drug problem for about four years. I stopped working and it is landing me in trouble,” he said.
His grandmother who was present in court urged the magistrate to allow him to undergo a drug rehabilitation programme.
Cuffy-Sargeant adhered to that request and remanded him to the mental institution for three weeks.
She said while he was there he would be assessed and evaluated to find out if he was a fit candidate for drug rehab.
Jones returns to court on November 21.