Chance for vagrant with accent
Vagrant Gaylan Alphonso Marshall easily slipped into an American accent when caught in a hotel.
But other things didn’t mesh. For starters, he claimed to be staying in room 701, but was on the eighth floor and, secondly, he was carrying items in a hotel-branded bag.
In the end, the suspicions of the security guard were founded because Marshall was trying to ease out after pilfering hotel toiletries.
The 40-year-old, who has no fixed place of abode, was given a second chance at drug rehabilitation when he appeared in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court.
This is the second time in as many months that Marshall was before the court for theft.
It was in late September that he had pleaded guilty to stealing two bars of chocolates, which belonged to ANSR trading as Sol Service Station, Worthing, on September 27.
At that time he had also been sent to the Psychiatric Hospital and then ordered to enrol in the Centre for Counselling Addiction Support (CASA).
Yesterday he had pleaded guilty to stealing two hand towels, four soaps, five bottles of mouthwash, four rolls of toilet tissue, a body cleanser, five bottles of water and two boxes of tissues, which belonged to Hilton Hotel, on November 8.
He later tearfully consented to a stay at the Psychiatric Hospital and will be there until December 1.
His attorney, Mohia Ma’at, had told the court that Marshall was a former waiter at a high-end restaurant but had not worked since last year.
“So between last year and now, he started to find himself smoking drugs. And by drugs, I am not taking about a spliff. I mean as the old people would say ‘dope’.
“And he has explained to me he would like his former life back. He looked at his former life and said he wanted it back.”
But, said the attorney, Marshall was stymied by the “monkey on his back” (cocaine) which was prompting him to steal.
As a result, the attorney asked the court to assist the cocaine smoker by sending him for drug rehabilitation.
Magistrate Kristie CuffySargeant remanded Marshall to the Psychiatric Hospital and ordered him to return to court on December 1.
Constable Veronica Taitt, who outlined the facts, said security personnel saw Marshall on the eighth floor, coming from the elevator, with two bags over his shoulder.
The woman questioned him and, in an American accent, Marshall replied he was a guest in Room 701 at the hotel and was going to Worthing to visit a friend.
But the security officer became suspicious because they were on the eighth floor and he had items in bags which bore the name of the hotel.
She saw another employee of the hotel and together they delayed Marshall until police, who were summoned, could arrive.
When he was interviewed by lawmen, he admitted he had stolen the items from a storeroom on the eighth floor.