Alfred Wellington, a Jamaican man, who has been in the custody of the Guyanese police for over two years, was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment after he was found guilty of forgery on Friday, April 27.
Wellington who was also found guilty of overstaying, was on trial for additional charges of cocaine possession for which a verdict is expected to be delivered on Monday.
The prosecution alleged that between April 18, 2011 and April 2, 2016, Wellington, who had been staying in Friendship in East Bank Demerara, failed to comply with the conditions of a permit and overstayed his time in Guyana.
Further reports are that when he was arrested on April 2, 2016, he had 1.324 kg of cocaine in his possession for trafficking.
Wellington’s troubles deepened when the police accused him of conspiring with unknown individuals to forge a driver’s licence that show that it was issued by the Licence Revenue Department in Guyana.
Following the completion of the trial, which lasted for two years, Georgetown magistrate Fabayo Azore found Wellington guilty of the forgery and overstaying charges.
She sentenced him to 18 months in jail on the forgery charge and fined him $40,000 or a default sentence of three months in jail on the overstaying charge.