Former soldier shown leniency
A former soldier in the United States army who now suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), was reprimanded and discharged after pleading guilty to stealing items from a supermarket.
Jefferson Rondell Reid, 46, of no fixed place of abode was shown leniency by Magistrate Douglas Frederick, despite pleading guilty to stealing items worth $42.47 from Popular Discount when he appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court today.
He admitted to stealing four chocolates worth $9.95, four tins of corned beef valued $17.46, two soaps valued $3.70, four packs of Sodabix crackers worth $7.56 and four drink mixes valued $3.80.
A restitution order was also granted.
The court heard that Reid was a former soldier in the US army, who having received a dishonourable discharge had been deported back to Barbados.
It was also revealed that he suffers from PTSD – a mental health condition which is triggered by a terrifying event he either witnessed or experienced.
The court heard that a guard was
on duty at Popular Discount on Spry Street when a customer reported to him that a gentleman was placing items in a bag.
After searching the supermarket and finding Reid, he kept him under observation. He then approached him as he tried to leave the store with the items in his bag.
He was taken to the manager and asked to empty the items out of his bag.
Police were called in and Reid was arrested and charged for the offence.