Getting booted out of the Verdun Rehabilitation Programme and failing to attend court has resulted in a St Michael man being remanded to prison.
Mason Hall Street resident Rohan Ricardo Levi Arthur appeared before Chief Magistrate Ian Weekes on Tuesday afternoon charged with assaulting Anthony Wharton on December 20.
Police Constable Ralph Rollock, in reading the facts, revealed that Arthur had walked up to Wharton and hit him with a bottle.
“We had high words, he provoked me and I did respond,” Arthur told the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.
He was placed on a bond for six months to keep the peace and be on his best behaviour. If he breaches that order, he will have to pay the court a $1 500 fine forthwith or spend three months in prison.
It was also at that time that it was discovered he was no longer in the rehabilitation programme that he was placed in, in connection with a prior offence.
“I pleaded guilty to that already, that is how I get to go Verdun House,” Arthur said, to which Chief Magistrate Ian Weekes informed him that leaving Verdun House was a breach of his bail.
“I don’t want to go back to jail no more. I want a break,” the convicted man told Weekes.
“Three of four times I went to jail last year and I don’t want to do that no more. I don’t tell no lies,” he added.
Arthur then went on to tell the court that he had prior charges to which he wanted to plead guilty.
“I will deal with all one time,” he said, adding, “I will plead guilty one time, I can get lost way in jail or get a bond to keep the peace. I tired of all this. This back and forth all this time. I tired of jail.”
Arthur will reappear before Chief Magistrate Weekes on January 15 when the court is expected to adjudicate his pending charges.