On the very day Wayde Mclloyd Grant was released from prison he found himself again in trouble with the law after smoking crack cocaine – his drug of choice.
The 48-year-old from Taylor’s Gap, Rock Hall, St George never ventured to his residence on February 27 when he was released from the Dodds, St Philip facility, in the morning, after serving three months there.
Instead of going home, he told Magistrate Elwood Watts “I just come from getting something to smoke.”
Grant had, moments before, pleaded guilty to loitering at the Fairchild Street Bus Terminal last Saturday. He was unable to give a satisfactory account of himself.
He further admitted to breaching Paragraph (1) subparagraph (2) of the Emergency Management (COVID-19) (CURFEW) (NO. 4) Directive by being outdoors between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. when he was not a member or employee of an essential service nor did he experience an emergency that warranted him being out.
The facts read by Sergeant St Clair Phillips disclosed that police officers were on duty when they saw Grant around 10:15 p.m. pulling at the doors of the kiosk in the area. They approached him and asked for an account for his presence and actions.
His reply was, “I was looking for a oil I left there today.”
Asked why he was outdoors, he replied: “I get release from jail today. I just come from getting something to smoke.”
Before the District ‘C’ Magistrates’ Court this week he told Watts, “It make no sense wasting time. I just get let go on Saturday. I didn’t see my residence. I have a house in St George . . . I didn’t go there because I end up using drugs. I does smoke crack cocaine.”
On the loitering charge he was fined $1 000 forthwith or three months in prison and $1 500 forthwith or three months in prison to run concurrently on the breach of curfew offence.
The amounts were not paid.