Drugs made me steal, says Greaves

COURT TODAY BLOCKAn 18-year-old man was remanded to the Psychiatric Hospital after saying his use of marijuana made him steal over $1,000 in electronic items.

Shemar Jabari Greaves of Waterhall Land, Eagle Hall, St Michael yesterday pleaded guilty to illegally entering the house of Orlando Sparrock and making away with items, belonging to Kiambu Haynes on June 3, 2016.

According to the police prosecutor in the case, Greaves stole a Nintendo Game cube valued $300, 22 video game discs worth $590 and four game controllers costing $200.

Police were later summoned and the accused owned up to the crime.

Appearing before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court, Greaves said: “I committed [the theft] because I was under the influence of marijuana . . . [and wanted] to sell [the items] to buy food.”

The presiding judge then argued, “This should be a good argument against legalizing the drug.”

“[You] are on the brink of more serious things, if marijuana is already making [you] do these things, that is already a red flag,” Frederick added.

Greaves, who also admitted to using drugs since he was in school, was remanded to the drug rehabilitation unit of the Psychiatric Hospital for assessment to determine whether he was a prime candidate for one of the programmes at Verdun House.

He returns to court on June 20.

3 Responses to Drugs made me steal, says Greaves

  1. BoBoThe Clown June 7, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Sad . Would you use drugs if someone told you that the result would land you in a Psychiatric Hospital ? I would think the thought of being looked at as a mad person after such treatment would alone be scary for me.
    Are Schools doing enough in warning our youth about the pitfalls that lie ahead if they should choose a life, that for some would seem dependent on drugs .
    Bajans ,for some reason seem to have accepted drug use as a norm. Each district in the Island I’ve gone into seem to have guys on “DE BLOCK” plying their trade with little or no fear or accountability .
    I wonder what type of a society will those of you who are left will have to live in some years from now .
    It’s a pity I won’t have a chance to just be able to a peak back and see how” ya all a doing”.

  2. lester June 7, 2016 at 10:50 am

    why the psychiatric hospital? he needs a different environment to start rehabilitation and psyche is not it
    administering drugs to counter attack another drug is still dangerous

  3. Carson C Cadogan June 20, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    I dont understand it, everyone they are sending to Psychiatric Hospital.

    A mother severely abuses a son and they send the boy, not the mother to the Psychiatric Hospital.

    A father abuses and chains his sons in the house, when discovered they send the boys not the father to the Psychiatric hospital.

    What is so magical about the Psychiatric Hospital? And they seem to be sending the victims there.


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