Public Relations Officer of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC), Royston King was yesterday
indicted on a forgery charge.
King, 49, of Lot 3279 Canal Place, South Ruimveldt Park, Georgetown was taken before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on a charge of Forgery of a Public Document. He was granted GUY$70,000 bail.
The court heard that King, on July 13, 2012 at Georgetown, allegedly wrote a letter to Beacon Foundation and signed it as the Town Clerk (Ag), a portfolio that he did not hold at that time. The official was not required to respond to the charge since it was an indictable one.
A bail application was made for King by his lawyer, Kendaise Rodney. She appeared in association with Attorney at Law Nigel Hughes.
Rodney said that King, a Local Government Officer attached to the M&CC, is a father of six children – the youngest being a 14-year-old.
The defence attorney stated that the city official has had no previous charges or convictions and that he was not a flight-risk. The accused, she said, was willing to abide by any condition the court deemed necessary for bail.
Police Prosecutor, Inspector Joel Ricknauth did not reveal the details of the alleged forgery. Neither did he object to bail.
Prior to King’s court appearance, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) issued a press release in solidarity with King.
APNU strongly condemned the harassment they say King is facing by agents of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) administration.
In the release, the leading opposition coalition renewed its calls for Local Government Elections.
“The people of the city of Georgetown want and demand local government elections. APNU affirms that Georgetown needs elections and not politically motivated arrests and calls on the PPP/C administration to bring to an end this type of political harassment.”
The matter for which King was yesterday charged has been a matter of contention for some time, since he was initially accused by the City Secretary and Local Government Officials, of allowing illegal rates and taxes waivers for Beacon Foundation. They said that King was not authorized to make such a move.
The Mayor and majority of City Councilors have stated, however, that they authorized King to write the letter on behalf of the Council.
King is ordered to return to court on September 16 before Chief Magistrate, Priya Sewnarine-Beharry.
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