Corentyne man to face Judge and Jury over forgery
Magistrate Adela Nagamootoo sitting in the New Amsterdam Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday ruled that a prima Facie case be made out against Ganesh Baldeo of Williamsburg Village, Corentyne, for forgery. As such he has been committed to stand trial in the next sitting of the Berbice High Court.
The man who was on trial before her on a charge of forgery is accused of conspiring with others to forge the date on a Guyana Police Force (GPF) immigration entry stamp in his Republic of Guyana passport.
The case for the prosecution as presented by Police Inspector Jairam Ramlakhan was that on February 19, 2012 Baldeo was an outgoing passenger on a Caribbean Airlines flight bound for Trinidad and Tobago.
However during the process of checking in it was noticed by an immigration officer that the man’s travel document was tampered with. The last entry date was written over to read April 25, 2008. Checks were made and it was revealed that the man had in fact entered Guyana on January 25, 2011.
Baldeo had first appeared before Acting Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry in the Georgetown, Magistrates’ Court. The matter was subsequently transferred to New Amsterdam Magistrate court. He was put on $100,000 bail.