St Michael man has a sudden change of heart

A 35-year-old man, who initially pleaded guilty Thursday to theft, as well as uttering serious threats of unlawful violence, appeared to have had a sudden change of heart.

However, given the seriousness of the charges, Magistrate Douglas Frederick remanded Raymond Clifford Deshong of Bannister Land, Martindales Road, St Michael to Dodds prison until August 31, when the matters are due to be heard.

When he appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court Thursday afternoon, Deshong initially owned up to stealing a door worth $300 belonging to Yvette Foster on August 2.  He had also pleaded guilty to threatening unlawful violence, to the point of making Richard Simmons believe that he was in danger on July 31.

However, Deshong later changed his mind after the police prosecutor outlined the facts of the case in court.

The prosecutor revealed that Foster, who was in the process of moving house, had left the wooden door in an unsecured laundry room. However, when her daughter returned two days later to complete the move, she caught Deshong carrying the door on his head. When asked to explain his actions, the accused man reportedly said that he was a hustler and continued on.

Deshong was also allegedly caught by Simmons in a prohibited area at a local health care facility. However, when he was asked to leave, the accused man allegedly leveled a number of serious threats against Simmons.

That incident was not reported to police.

However, the two men would cross paths again; this time as Simmons was walking along Martindales Road with his daughter on July 31. As they passed the bench which Deshong was sitting on, he allegedly issued another set of threats.

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