‘Returning resident’ jailed for sodas

November 30, 2022

A 26-year-old man, purporting to be a returning resident, was jailed last weekend after he was found in possession of numerous snacks and soft drinks.

It was shared with the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Monday that Shamar Henry was found with a carton box, which contained 20 bottles of soda, 24 packets of honey-roasted peanuts, four packets of salted peanuts, 14 packets with fruits and nuts, 10 packets of cashews, and 15 packets of plantain chips. He was subsequently charged with unlawful possession of property.

"What were you doing with all of those things?" a curious Senior Parish Judge Lori-Anne Cole-Montaque asked.

"To eat dem," Henry responded.

The court heard that when Henry was cautioned, he allegedly said, "Offica, yuh caah just tek di food dem and mek me gwan?"

However, he refuted those claims, and explained that upon his recent repatriation to Jamaica, he craved a sugary drink.

"I haven't had one in a long time, and I told my friend and he gave me some," Henry said. Perturbed by his utterances, the senior jurist questioned his mental health. But Henry denied being on medication or having a mental illness.

The investigating officer informed the judge that Henry was seen on a property in the Corporate Area, following a 119 call at 2:45 a.m., on November 27 that "a prowler was on my premises".

Cole-Montaque recommended that the police continue their investigations as Henry's current charge could change.

"It could be that you would be upping the charge from simple unlawful possession to larceny or receiving stolen property. I don't know if that is something you could consider and if you said the police responded to certain calls and that person could say 'This is the person (Henry) I saw on my property'. That is trespassing too," the judge argued.

The matter was adjourned until December 6.

- T.T.

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