A man who grabbed a car dealer’s gold chain from his neck in downtown Kingston claimed he did it to help his sick sister, who has a hole in her heart.
Kemar Reynolds was arrested and charged with larceny after he pounced upon the complainant in a bus at the intersection of Heywood and Orange streets, where he grabbed the chain valued at US$1200 and ran.
Reynolds was, however, chased by the complainant and was caught with the chain by police officers who were on patrol in the area and who assisted the complainant.
The complainant had reportedly travelled to downtown Kingston with his grandson in an effort to allow him to experience what it was like to travel on public transportation.
Last Thursday when Reynolds appeared in court he pleaded guilty but told Parish Judge Chester Crooks that he had a valid reason for robbing the man of his chain.
“Mi did deh in a wants because mi sista sick, she have hole inna har heart and mi did want fi help har buy some pills so mi did a try something to help her,” Reynolds told the court.
But Reynolds, when asked if he had any previous convictions, told the judge that he was convicted for the same offence in 2013.
Judge Crooks then ordered a social enquiry report after scheduling Reynold’s sentencing for July 4.
Reynolds was then remanded.