Despite confessing to having an addiction to crack cocaine Jerome O’Brien Rudder has no intention of enrolling in any of the rehabilitation programmes offered at Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds.
In fact the 31-year-old, who burglarised a funeral home, told Magistrate Douglas Frederick today, “I don’t want to hear nothing bout that. I am not doing that!”
In May the convict, who has no fixed place of abode, pleaded guilty to entering Downes and Wilson Funeral Home as a trespasser on May 21 and stealing a $90 speaker and a $35 hard drive belonging to James Wilson and Company Limited.
He also admitted to stealing a $240 Phablet belonging to Corinne Benn between May 11 and 18.
The facts revealed that Rudder was in the habit of visiting Benn’s home and asking for food. During the period he made the customary visit and sat in the patio waiting. But while the homeowner was inside he pushed his hand through a nearby bedroom window, pulled at the bed sheet and took the electronic device.
At the Eagle Hall St Michael funeral home, Rudder entered, took the items. His actions were captured on CCTV footage.
“I apologise for my actions. I am on crack cocaine. Sometimes I do not have the money [to buy it]. I want to change my life around,” Rudder disclosed. He admitted he had been living on the streets after his mother evicted him.
Following his apology, and other mutterings to the magistrate, a pre-sentencing report ordered by the court was presented today. In it the assessment done by the Probation Department it was recommended among other things, that Rudder undergo drug rehabilitation in a controlled environment to ensure the maximum benefit.
“They are saying that this is a man that can only be rehabilitated in prison because they have assessed you as being at a high risk of reoffending,” Frederick explained.
However, Rudder was quick to point out that he had already done rehab in prison and “it didn’t do nothing” and his preference was for Verdun House.
Magistrate Frederick told him of the adage that ‘you can lead a horse to the water but you can’t make him drink’. The judicial officer also informed the convict that he had also been assessed in the report as being a threat to society especially “when he utilises illegal drugs” and informed him that officers were only trying to help him.
“Up there ain’t go help me. It ain’t make sense to do that again,” Rudder stated before he was sentenced to nine months in prison for the theft of the Phablet and three months to run consecutively for burglarising the funeral home.
The magistrate then implored him to “try” the drug rehabilitation but those words seemingly fell on deaf ears.
“I don’t want to hear bout that, that not doing nothing. I am not doing dah,” he categorically stated before being escorted out on the court by a prison officer.
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