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Dramatic plea

Man charged with perfume theft wants help to kick drug habit

He appeared in the District “A” Magistrates Court on a theft charge but Damien Shimar Griffith wasted no time in pleading for help for a drug habit.

Griffith, 24, of Mayers Land, Lower Richmond Gap, St Michael is accused of stealing 16 bottles of perfume belonging to Cave Shepherd and Company Limited.

He is charged with taking the items valued $2,736.48 from the company’s Sheraton branch.

The accused was not required to plead to the charge after it was read to him by Acting Chief Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the No 1 Court.

“Sir, I turned in myself. I have a child that is due in November. I have found myself [among people] who have encouraged me to smoke . . . cocaine Sir,” Griffith revealed.

“I am not here to ask to be freed nor I am here to ask to be incarcerated. I [am] just here asking for some help because I can’t do this on my own Sir. I can’t Sir.”

However, Frederick remanded him until September 8 when he will appear before the District “B” Magistrate, since that was the district in which the alleged offence occurred.

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