Sex-seeker sentenced to nine months
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?”