Jul 28, 2018 News
A female Corporal and her colleague who are serving members of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) yesterday appeared before a City Magistrate where 38 misdemeanour charges were read to them.
The charges are in relation to the massive driver’s licence examination scam that was unearthed last April at the Felix Austin Police College.
The two police ranks who appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan are Shenese Fraser, 31 of 199 Section ‘A’ Field 7 South Sophia and Ryan Gray, 25 of 215 DaSilva Street, Kitty. Fraser was slapped with 18 counts of misdemeanour while Gray was slapped with 20.
The first charge alleged that Shenese Fraser, on April 12, at Georgetown, with intent to defraud the public conspired with persons to commit a misdemeanour, to which she uttered 18 questionnaires, knowing them to be forged, in that they were not written by eighteen persons, whose name they were in.
She was not required to plead to the charges after they were read to her by the Magistrate.
The woman’s lawyer, Patrice Henry, in an application to secure bail for his client told the court that Fraser has been a serving member of the GPF for the past seven years.
He added that this client has not been given an interdiction letter from the Force and she is also the confidential secretary to the Acting Traffic Chief.
Also appearing before the Chief Magistrate was Ryan Gray. It is alleged that Gray on April 12, last, at Georgetown, with intent to defraud the public, conspired with persons to commit a misdemeanour, to which he uttered 20 questionnaires, knowing them to be forged, in that it was not written by 20 persons, whose name they were in.
He too was not required to plead to the indictable charges.
Attorney-at-law Mark Conway, who represented the defendant, told the court that his client has been a serving member of the GPF for seven years and has an unblemished record.
Facts presented by Police Prosecutor, Gordon Mansfield, stated that on the day in question, Gray and Fraser were responsible for invigilating the examination.
According to information on April 12, last, a total of 174 candidates were slated to write the theoretical exam at the Felix Austin Police College, Georgetown.
On the day of the examination, a total of 106 candidates turned up at the training school to write the examination.
The court heard that on conclusion of the examination, it was discovered that a total of 207 examination papers were submitted to the invigilators.
It was reported that after the examination, pastors who allegedly invigilated the examination reported to officers of the wrongdoing, hence an investigation was launched.
This publication was informed that more persons including a Senior Police Officer and a civilian are expected to be charged for the offence.
While the prosecutor had no objection to bail being granted to the defendants, he asked that it be in a substantial amount citing the serious nature of the offence. He also asked that conditions be attached to the bail.
The Magistrate after listening to the prosecution facts, released Fraser on $150,000 bail and Gray on $160,000.
They were also instructed lodge their passports with the Clerk of Court. She also instructed them to report every Friday to the fraud section of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) until the completion of the trial.
They are expected to make their next court appearance on August 7.
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