Former soldier shown leniency

COURT TODAY BLOCKA 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.

4 Responses to Former soldier shown leniency

  1. Andrew Rudder April 14, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Maybe through the United States Consulate this ex-veteran could have had his records reviewed by Washington and gotten an Upgrade of Discharge but it’s now a conflicting case that does not look so supportive!

  2. BaJan boy April 14, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Andrew Rudder you dreaming . The US deported as he no longer serves any useful purpose. You think someone from the US really care about hi or his condition when they have millions in the US who all suffer the same problem with little or no attention.

  3. miche April 14, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    First,you must find out what made the U S Army dishonourably discharged the fellow,,,what could he have done to receive such a discharge,,,was it done after he was diagnosed with PTSD ?

  4. Dawn April 16, 2016 at 12:14 am

    You cannot change or upgrade a dishonorable discharge. The only one that can be change to honorable is the less than honorable distinction. If you received a dishonorable discharge, it means that while he was on the Army he committed a crime, or was caught in conduct that was unbecoming of his rank and service. It could have been drug use?criminal activity, adultery, disobeying orders from a superior, that kind of thing. The US consulate is of no use to him because he is not a US citizen. That is part of why he was deported, he vomited a crime while in the service, he was jailed at a military prison, likely Leavenworth, then deported because he only had a green card, and not citizenship. There are well over 100 k who suffer from PTSD from trauma in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are having a hard time getting treatment. He would probably get better treatment in Bim.


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