THE man who confessed to smashing glass panes to at Parliament and two banks in Port of Spain, said he did so because he was being owed money by the Government and also because he had a television set inside his head.
Kurt Seales, 47, told the arresting officers that in that television set, he saw who killed Michael Jackson.
Seales made his first appearance before Magistrate Gloria Jasmath in the Port of Spain Eleventh Court yesterday charged with committing the acts early Wednesday morning.
He is charged with maliciously damaging two glass panes belonging to First Citizens valued at $18,000, two panes belonging to Scotiabank valued at $15,000 and three panes belonging to the Government valued at $30,000.
Upon his appearance before the magistrate, Seales, who was unrepresented, pleaded guilty to all three charges.
In reading the facts in the matter, police prosecutor Sgt Azad Ali told the court that at around 4.30 a.m., a police officer who was on duty at the International Waterfront Building where the Parliament is housed, noticed Seales throwing rocks at the glass panes before running off.
Some minutes later, another police officer saw Seales smashing the glass panes belonging to both banks along Independence Square. The officer, Ali said, alerted his colleagues before they arrested Seales close to Charlotte Street.
Upon being questioned by the officers, Seales said: "Yes I do that because the Government owing me money. I have a TV in my head and I see who killed Michael Jackson. I want the public to know that the government is owing me money," according to the prosecutor.
However, Seales was not called upon to give an explanation for his actions in the courtroom. Asked by the magistrate if he was on any type of medication, he said he was on medication for epilepsy from which he suffered.
He added that he lived in a shelter for the homeless in Port of Spain but "it is a place of evil."
Seales was remanded in custody at the St Ann's Psychiatric Hospital for a mental evaluation and will return to court on February 15.