Forged vehicle number plates send policemen to jail
Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson yesterday refused to grant bail to two policemen who allegedly helped to forge a license plate number for an unlicensed foreign vehicle.
Police Constables Daryl Archer, 31, of 161 Dacuma Circle, Linden; and Rockwell Scarder, 22, of 41 Bagotville East Bank Demerara; were not required to plead to the indictable offense of fraudulently imitating an identification mark.
Donald Franklin, who was also charged jointly with the policemen, was not present in court yesterday.
It was alleged that on September 7, 2009 at Lethem, the two lawmen used identification mark PKK 1432 and PKK 1782 on a motor vehicle which was not licenced.
Attorney at law Adrian Thompson, in a bail application said that the two policemen are still on active duty. He said that the vehicle was parked in the yard of the late Minister within the Ministry of Education, Desrey Fox.
He said that Donald Franklin was the one who was driving the vehicle on September 7, and his clients merely took a lift to Georgetown.
The lawyer opined that the charge was bad in law and a waste of the court’s time.
He asked for his clients to be admitted to reasonable bail or be sent on self bail. Thompson said that he definitely has to check to see if there was any legal objection on the charge.
Police Prosecutor Stephen Telford, did not oppose bail. He explained to the court that the police decided to bring the vehicle to Georgetown. He said that the policemen later made the forged number plates.
Telford said that the police later received information that the vehicle was parked in the Minister’s yard.
Even though the prosecutor did not object bail the Magistrate refused bail and remanded the policemen. They are expected to make another court appearance on July 2.
The Minister died December 11, some three days after she was involved in an accident at the junction of J.B Singh Public Road and Thomas Streets, which involved her motor vehicle PKK 8875 and an ambulance.
Days after the accident agents from the Guyana Revenue Authority swooped down on the Minister’s home and seized two vehicles, which they claimed were unlicensed.