Blame it on the drugs
By the time he returns to court next month, 50-year-old Earl Randolph Gittens will know where help for his drug addiction will come from.
Gittens, of 1st Avenue Weekes Land, Goodland, St Michael pleaded guilty to two counts of theft before the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court earlier today.
He admitted stealing ten gallons of bleach and five gallons of dishwashing liquid belonging to Corbin’s Catering Services last April and stealing a bicycle belonging to Sanjean Mahabir in September 2014.
Gittens, however, denied stealing a video camera and tripod set belonging to Ambrose Carter from the Plumb Rite building between March 13 and 14 last year.
Mahabir, an employee of Corbin’s Catering, left the bicycle padlocked to a container on September 29, 2014 but when he returned the following morning, the bicycle was gone.
Closed circuit television caught Gittens “in the very act”, Station Sergeant Neville Watson told the court. Gittens subsequently confessed to police that he had stolen the bicycle which was never recovered.
In relation to the theft of the cleaning agents, the prosecutor said the items were contained in 50 gallon drums. The pumps which are attached to those drums were left in one position but the complainant noticed a change in position the following day.
“The accused is known, Sir; substantially so,” Watson told the court.
When Gittens was asked to speak on his own behalf, he initially had nothing to say. After several questions from Magistrate Douglas Frederick, the court learnt that Gittens lives alone and has kept out of trouble since 2013.
“So what were you going to do with bleach and dishwashing liquid? Sell them?” the magistrate asked.
“Come . . . talk to me,” Frederick prompted after Gittens seemed reluctant to answer.
“That is because I get into using drugs,” the repeat offender said.
Asked what type of drugs, Gittens said he uses cocaine, marijuana and alcohol.
“I even got a bottle o’ rum out there now in my property,” he added.
Magistrate Frederick commented that Gittens seemed unable to help himself. He therefore remanded him to HMP Dodds until April 13, so that he could consider how best to assist him with his addiction.
He also reviewed Gittens’ conviction record and after noting that it showed no evidence of violence, the magistrate mentioned that the Drug Treatment Court might be a possibility.
“If all of your actions were precipitated by drugs, we might be able to get you on the straight and narrow after all this time,” the magistrate said.
“I would like that very much,” Gittens said. “Thank you, Sir.”