A cocaine addict who has spent more than six years in jail as a result of his cocaine addiction was jailed for another year after he stole to feed his habit.
Rawl Bailey, aka Tall Man, did not seem bothered when San Fernando Senior Magistrate Jo-Anne Connor sent him to prison.
This may be because within the last ten years he has been in and out of prison.
He was jailed for 12 months on three occasions and 30 months on another occasion for possession of cocaine.
He was also fined twice for the same offence and jailed for nine months for larceny. Before Connor in the First Court on Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to larceny.
He admitted that he stole 80 energy saver converter bulbs valued $3,825, a $975 tyre pump, a US $120 jacket and a $5 Walmart slipper from the storage area of a black Toyota Rav4 owned by Muhammed Karimullah.
Prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said Karimullah last saw the items in his van at Cipero Street, San Fernando, on Sunday around 3 pm but when he made a check on Monday around 9.50 am the items were missing.
The following day investigating officer PC Charles confronted Bailey about the report and he replied: “Yeah, I take it and sell it off on the streets for small money.”
Bailey told the magistrate he has been an addict for 14 years and sought treatment at the Piparo Empowerment Centre several times. However, he said he relapsed years back and did not make any further attempts to get help. The accused of Carlton Lane, San Fernando could not remember how much he sold the man’s items.
He was jailed for 12 months.