Well-known offender Peter Sean Harding today admitted that his crimes over the years have been escalating due to his cocaine addiction.
The 49-year-old of 1stAvenue, Jackson, St Michael gave a candid explanation of his situation in an address before Magistrate Douglas Frederick after pleading guilty to theft and apparatus possession charges.
He admitted that he stole a laptop, an electronic scale rule, a laptop bag and a flash drive worth $3,000 belonging to Michael Brathwaite. He also acknowledged having cocaine paraphernalia – a small bottle used to smoke – in his possession between April 3 and May 1.
“My history shows that most of my convictions are for apparatus and theft. Little crimes that do not have the potential for murder or aggravated burglary. Over the years I have seen that my crimes have been escalating because of the use of drugs . . . cocaine,” Harding explained.
He went on to inform the District ‘A’ Magistrate that he had been good since his last prison stint but relapsed a month ago.
“I got a chance at Verdun House but I got into a fight and that is on my file. I have been doing a concerted effort to change but I don’t think prison is the only way I can change me life, give me an opportunity at Psychiatric Hospital,” he added.
The magistrate however informed him that he had been given opportunities to reform on many occasions.
Harding was sentenced to nine months at Dodds on the theft charge and three months on the apparatus.
The sentences will run consecutively.