Fed up with his brother’s thieving ways a St Michael man today asked a Bridgetown magistrate to impose conditions that would stop the situation from escalating.
The aggrieved brother Ryan Wood made the request today when the accused Ricardo Sylvester Wood, of no fixed place of abode, appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant.
Ricardo pleaded guilty last month to the charge that he stole a pair of pants worth$140 and a shirt worth $100 belonging to Ryan between August 21 and 22, 2018. When he reappeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court this afternoon he claimed his mother had given him the items to wear because he had no clothes that time.
Ryan had a different story to tell the magistrate.
“He continuously steals my clothes, groceries, breaking in . . . and he continuously steals my items and I have a dependent. He is heavily on drugs but he keeps doing it and it is really overbearing . . . So I get something do before I get charge. One day he stole my son’s school shoes and school pants and he couldn’t go to school.
“I am a busy man. I don’t have time for court. If there is anything, any strict condition that could stop him,” Ryan explained. He admitted that the theft occurred at the family house.
Cuffy-Sargeant informed Ryan that she could not stop Ricardo from going to the house. She also told the accused that a report from the Psychiatric Hospital noted the he
was a suitable candidate for the out patient programme and not residential programme.
She then placed Ricardo on a bond to keep the peace for 12 months. If he breaches the order $1,500 becomes payable forthwith or he will spend three months in prison.
“I can work with that ma’am before I get myself in trouble for him,” Ryan stated before leaving the court.