Pest sent for psychiatric evaluation
ALL WAS WELL for the first few days when she allowed Antonio Darwin Smith to stay at her house, at her nephew’s request, a senior citizen said.
Then the 21-year-old started coming in at all hours of the day and night; he would beg for money and finally he became intimidating and abusive, not only to her nephew, but to her as well.
When she did finally get him out, said pensioner Gloria Lynch, he returned and demanded to be let in, which forced her to call the police.
Lynch was giving her side of the story when Smith,
21, of Spruce Street,
Nelson Street, The City, appeared in the District “A” Magistrates Court.
He had pleaded guilty to refusing to leave Lynch’s premises after he was directed to do so, sometime between November 20 and 21, by Lynch.
The elderly woman told the court Smith spent one night and left; another night and left, but remained when he returned the third time.
He would eat breakfast and lunch at her house despite her urging him to return to wherever he lived.
“I would say to him,
‘Well, you don’t exactly live here; you are a visitor of my nephew. Go to your parents’. He would talk about his father so I would say, ‘Go to your father for breakfast’,” she said.
Fell on deaf ears
But her pleas fell on deaf ears. In fact, if he left, he would come back to see if there was something to eat.
“And it got to the stage where I did not understand it because he is not my sister’s son. I am a pensioner and I have to provide for myself and sometimes for my nephew. And I have a son who is autistic.”
She added the young man then started to beg for money, all the while promising to repay, which he seldom did. She added there was a time he borrowed $5, repaid it and then promptly borrowed it again.
The finally straw came, months later, when he became abusive to her nephew.
The woman spent her nights and early mornings parting fights, she recalled.
“I’m saying my nephew brought in a mad person. What can I do? How can I get psychiatric nurses to come and get him?”
He then turned his anger on her when she threatened to call the police.
“I was completely broken down,” she said.
In his defence, Smith told the court: “I say to myself I gine try to talk to the judge and get something work out.
“I just asking to see if I could mek a chance. I gine mek a chance. I gine do the right thing,” he said.
Smith added he had been to Verdun House but left after he went “through a little problem with other people who want to bully people”.
But Acting Magistrate Sandra Rawlins told him:
“She [complainant Lynch] took you in with the intention of assisting you, knowing your background. But you took advantage of these people.”
She remanded him to the Psychiatric Hospital for 21 days’ evaluation.
Smith returns to court on December 14.
ANTONIO DARWIN SMITH.
A YOUNGER ALWIN GOODING.