He was supposed to be a part of the team responsible for reforming prisoners but instead Glen Lewis had other ideas.The former Prison Officer of Cumberland Village was on Monday last sentenced to a total of six years in jail and fined $15,000 by Magistrate Geeta Chandan-Persid Edmond at the New Amsterdam Magistrate’s Court.
He was found guilty of trafficking in narcotics and introducing narcotics into the prison. At the time of the offences, Lewis was attached to the New Amsterdam Prison, Berbice.
Although he was found guilty on June 1, his sentencing was deferred to June 8, after the Prison Officer turned prisoner, had requested the presence of his attorney Charandass Persaud who was out of the jurisdiction.
On December 7, 2006, Lewis who at the time had only been a member of the prison service for a mere six months, was seen by his superiors acting in a suspicious manner when he reported for work.
He was subsequently searched and several packets of marijuana were found strapped to his body.
He was charged but was released on $150,000 bail.
Prosecutor Inspector Satrohan Dayaram, in his submissions, asked that Lewis receive the maximum penalty. He said that the man was a Prison Officer who was entrusted with upholding the law, but instead chose to break it. Lewis, he said, had a lot of responsibility and entrusted to him to help reform people, but took advantage of the situation and set a bad precedence and should be made an example.
Lewis’s attorney Charandass Persaud in mitigation asked the court to be lenient on his client, stating that Lewis was a young man in his first job.
After listening to the submissions Magistrate Edmond sentenced the convict to three years on each charge and ordered that the sentences run concurrently.
She also fined him $10,000 on the trafficking charge and a further $5,000 on the introducing narcotics into prison charge.
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