A 50-year-old who habitually picked up bottles on the property of a Hastings, Christ Church hotel, landed in trouble with the law when he came across and assaulted a security guard.
Now Rodney David Anthony, of St Matthias, Christ Church, must adhere to the conditions of a three-months bond if he wants to avoid paying a $500 forthwith fine or spending the alternative of four weeks at HMP Dodds.
Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargaent imposed the sentence on the unemployed man after he pleaded guilty to assaulting Ja-mar Howell on November 1 as well as stealing two cases and 48 bottles worth $32 belonging to Calypso Caribbean Resorts.
Sergeant Edwin Pinder revealed that Howell received information that someone was seen on the hotel premises. When he went out to investigate he came across Anthony who had the items in his possession. However as Howell tried to stop him, Anthony pulled a scissors and swiped at him while uttering threatening words, which resulted in Howell shouting for help.
Attorney-at-law Kadisha Wickham told the court that her client was “sorry” for the incident and had given the undertaking not to return to the property.
She further submitted that although he was known to the court, Anthony was the sole caretaker of his 80-year-old mother and added that to impose a custodial sentence on him at this time would render him incapable of caring for her.
Wickham also revealed that her client and others were in a habit of “picking up bottles” on the property and the security guards were familiar with them. However, Howell, she explained, was unknown to Anthony and the situation deteriorated from there.