Almost two years after three members of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) were slapped with a total of 50 fraud charges in relation to misconduct in the drivers’ license examinations, they have all been freed, owing to the prosecution failing to present sufficient evidence.
Alfred Park, 51, of 1129 Diamond, East Bank Demerara, had denied the charge which alleged that on April 12, 2018, at Georgetown, with intent to defraud the public, he conspired with persons to commit a felony, to which he uttered 12 questionnaires, knowing them to be forged, in that they were not written by the 12 persons, whose names they were in.
Meanwhile, Police Corporal Shenese Fraser, 31, of 199 Section ‘A’ Field 7 South Sophia and 25-year-old Ryan Gray, a Police Corporal of 215 Da Silva Street, Newtown, both had denied the charges which alleged that on April 12, 2018, at Georgetown, with intent to defraud the public, they conspired with persons to commit a misdemeanour, to which they uttered 38 questionnaires, knowing them to be forged, in that they were not written by the 18 persons, whose names they were in.
They were on trial before Principal Magistrate,Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus who upheld a no-case submission made by their lawyer Patrice Henry; as a result, the charges were dismissed.
According to information, on the day in question, Park was responsible for invigilating the examination. It was reported that on April 12, 2018, a total of 174 candidates were slated to write the theoretical exam at the Felix Austin Police College, Georgetown.
The court heard that on the day of the exam, only 106 candidates showed up. However, on the conclusion of the exam, it was discovered that a total of 207 examination papers were submitted. An investigation was then launched after the pastors who invigilated the examination complained of the alleged wrongdoings.