Chance for va­grant with ac­cent

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Front Page - By HEATHER-LYNN EVANSON

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.

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