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Thief remanded to Drug Treatment Court

A St George’s man was remanded to Drug Treatment Court after he admitted two counts of theft when he appeared in Magistrates’ Court this morning.

Alexander Christopher, 44, pleaded guilty to stealing toiletries worth $93.95 from the Phoenix Stores in Paget on December 10.

He also admitted stealing a rain jacket worth $440 from Island Trading Ltd on October 15.

Mr Christopher had previously pleaded not guilty to both offences on December 17, and a social inquiry report and drug assessment were ordered.

In court today, prosecutor Susan Mulligan said: “Some of the comments made in the social inquiry report are indicative of underlying mental health issues.”

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo ordered a psychiatric report and remanded Mr Christopher to sit in on Drug Treatment Court for assessment on February 4.

• Also in court this morning, a 49-year-old man was bailed after he denied trespassing on his mother’s property.

Brian Faries, of no fixed abode, allegedly trespassed on the Middle Road, Warwick, residence of Esther Faries in the early hours of this morning, without permission and contrary to a written notice forbidding him to do so.

“That is where I live, Your Honour,” Mr Faries said. “Up until last night, I was living there with her consent.”

Mr Tokunbo granted bail at $1,000 on the condition that Mr Faries go nowhere near his mother’s property.

The matter was adjourned for mention until February 12.