Sex-seeker sen­tenced to nine months

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - The Courts -

DE­SPITE HIS CON­TIN­U­OUS PLEAD­ING, in­clud­ing get­ting down on bended knee in the dock, Thomas Bai­ley was sen­tenced to nine months at Her Majesty’s Pris­ons Dodds yes­ter­day.

“Ma’am, how you could do this? I am ask­ing for a chance, ma’am. I would go down on my knees and pray. All this be­cause I touch a woman? You could send me to the hos­pi­tal, please ma’am? How can this be repa­ra­tions?” he pleaded.

Bai­ley, 38, of no fixed abode, had first ap­peared on Au­gust 28 in the Bridgetown Traf­fic Court, where he pleaded guilty to as­sault­ing a Christ Church woman and un­law­fully en­ter­ing her premises. He was caught wear­ing a con­dom and told of­fi­cers he was look­ing for sex.

He was then re­manded to the Psy­chi­atric Hos­pi­tal for eval­u­a­tion and or­dered to re­turn to court yes­ter­day.

How­ever, a re­port from the hos­pi­tal di­ag­nosed the un­em­ployed man as a schiz­o­phrenic who had not been tak­ing his med­i­ca­tion. The re­port read in part: “Once he takes his med­i­ca­tion in a con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment, his men­tal state is within nor­mal lim­its.”

As he could not pro­vide Act­ing Mag­is­trate San­dra Rawl­ins in the same court yes­ter­day with the name of a next of kin, she jailed him to en­sure he re­ceived the nec­es­sary treat­ment.

“Tak­ing all the fac­tors into con­sid­er­a­tion, I have no choice but to [send] you to Her Majesty’s Pris­ons Dodds,” she said. “I would like to send you to the hos­pi­tal but I do not have that power un­der the law.”

In a fur­ther bid to avoid prison, Bai­ley in­formed the court that his brother, who lived in Canada, would be more than happy to take care of him.

“My brother is in Canada. I just get my pass­port and he will send for me . . . . I does suf­fer in prison, ma’am. Peo­ple does want to beat me up. I don’t get no can­teen. Can you send me to the hos­pi­tal for a week or two so I can con­tact my brother?”

Be­fore he was led out of the court­room, he fur­ther pleaded: “For just touch­ing a woman I get nine months? A day is a lot of time in prison. Can I get six months?”

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