Man ordered to drug counselling after guilty plea to stealing from heart centre


Tribune Staff Reporter


A MAN was ordered to attend drug counselling for six months after admitting to stealing a car battery outside the Bahamas Heart Centre last week.

Magistrate Algernon Allen, Jr, charged Ranardo Arana, 43, with stealing, damage, disorderly behaviour and resisting arrest.

Arana was accused of stealing a $130 car battery from Celestine Dorsett while her vehicle was parked at the Bahamas Heart Centre on Collins Avenue on November 24. In the process of removing the battery, Arana damaged the vehicle’s battery terminals.

Later that day, on Collins Avenue, Arana resisted arrest by PC 4459 Seymour for drunken behaviour.

After pleading guilty to the charges and apologising for his actions, Arana admitted to being intoxicated at the time of his arrest and having a drinking problem. 

In view of this, the magistrate granted him a conditional discharge, ordering him to attend a six month drug counselling course for alcohol abuse. Should he fail to attend counselling, he will face a three-month prison term.

 He is expected to return to court for a report on May 28, 2024.

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