[www.inewsguyana.com] – A 21 – year -old former Prisoner Officer was today sentenced to 56 months imprisonment by Magistrate Judy Latchman for trafficking narcotics.
The Court heard that Akeem Vyphuis was a prison officer for three years. He was also fined $418,500 after he was found guilty of the offence, which stated that said on July 14 at Camp Street Prison, Georgetown he had in his possession 279 grammes of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
Before handing down the jail term, Magistrate Latchman took into consideration the quantum involved and the fact that he is a rehabilitation officer with no prior convictions. The Magistrate also noted the seriousness of the offence and the need to prohibit others from committing similar offences.
The facts state that Vyphuis went to the main entrance of the Camp Street Prison and was unknowingly followed by a Cadet Officer, who saw the accused take the parcel and throw it on the ground.
However, his Lawyer, Pamela DeSantos, contradicted what was said by the Prosecution, as she noted that the illegal substance was not found on her client but was found in his room in the Bachelors Quarters, Eve Leary Georgetown, where he resides.