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Blind gay says he's finding it hard to cope in jail

Tanesha Mundle

Thursday, September 13, 2012    

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A blind self-confessed homosexual who is in custody as a result of his alleged involvement in the lotto scam on Tuesday told the court that he was finding it hard to cope in jail as he was constantly being ridiculed and abused.

Claude Pryce, popularly known as 'Wendy', lost his sight in 2009 following a incident in which his lover gouged out his eyes.

The 28-year-old accused, who resides in St Andrew, was arrested on August 8 and charged with conspiracy to defraud after he was allegedly caught collecting nearly $2 million at the Constant Spring Post Office in St Andrew.

On Tuesday, the feeble-looking Pryce — who was making his second appearance in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court in relation to the case — begged Magistrate Stephanie Jackson to admit him to bail.

But RM Jackson told him that she could only entertain an application on his next court date on September 27. He was then remanded in custody.

Pryce was arrested at the post office where he allegedly went to collect a Fed Ex package containing US$9,500 and two cheques valued at US$6,000 each.

Police also alleged that they later seized $103,300 from his home.

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