Batson admits to having drug use problem
Keith Fitzgerald Anderson Batson began serving a 12-month prison sentence today for breaching his probation.
The probation was issued back in January this year for an 18-month period. Asked by Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant whether he could pay the $1, 000 fine forthwith, which was one of the probation’s conditions, Batson said: “No mam but my money is tied up in the United States. I would like to call my mom”.
The 45-year-old, who has no fixed place of abode, was also sentenced to serve additional time at HMP Dodds after pleading guilty to criminal damage, theft and possession of drug-related apparatus charges.
According to prosecutor Janice Ifill, on May 27, 2016, Batson damaged $2, 880 worth of equipment belonging to U-Order Barbados.
The accused became aggressive after a sales clerk at the company refused to give him money.
According to Ifill, Batson took up a “metallic shelf rack “ and damaged one Phillips flat screen television valued at $1,400; one I-Mac laptop computer worth $350; one keyboard worth $80 and one weight scale worth $250.
The accused reportedly told the clerk that he would “mash up some property belonging to the business before going to the mental”.
He also admitted to stealing a hat and a watch worth $30 from Shawn Barker while in Swan Street, the City between June 13 and 15, 2016.
The unemployed man also entered a guilty plea for possession of an apparatus.
Station Sergeant Ifill said the device, a bottle with holes to the sides and bottom, was found in a cigarette box after police on patrol along Tudor Street stopped Batson and requested a search.
Asked to account for the apparatus, Batson said: “That is for the cocaine I smoke”.
When he appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant this afternoon, Batson pleaded for his freedom.
“Mam, the situation is I suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. I like my freedom, I understand my problem [and] I was provoked. I apologize. I was under the influence,” the accused who had a clear American accent said.
He added: “I have been doing drugs in America since I was 14. Can I get a CRD (conviction reprimand and discharge)? I would not like to go to HMP Dodds because it is not for me. I would like to get another chance please.”
On the charge of criminal damage, he was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment and was also ordered to attend the drug rehabilitation programme at HMP Dodds.
Batson was sentenced to eight months behind bars to run concurrently, with the sentence, on the theft charge and another eight months to run concurrently for the possession of the apparatus.