A Jamaican national was today (Tuesday) remanded to prison when he made his appearance before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts slapped with charges of forgery, possession of narcotics and overstaying in Guyana.
Alfred Wellingston, 50, who locally resides at Friendship, East Bank Demerara (EBD), pleaded not guilty to the charges which alleged that he had 1.324 kilograms of cocaine in his possession for the purpose of trafficking on April 2.
It was further alleged that between April 18, 2011 and April 2, 2016, he failed to comply with the conditions of a permit and overstayed his time in Guyana.
Finally, Wellingston was accused of conspiring with a person or persons unknown to forge a driver’s license in favour of himself to show that same was issued by the License Revenue Department.
Attorney Peter Hugh represented the accused and told the court that on April 2, the police searched his client’s home and found no drug. He added that the defendant was taken to the lower flat of the building where the police showed him a bag containing the alleged narcotics.
According to Hugh, Wellingston did not accept ownership of the drug nor was at the time found in his presence.
He claimed that police stole a quantity of cash that was in his client’s passport during the search.
Police Prosecutor Inspector, Neville Jeffers successfully objected to bail for the defendant on the narcotic charge. He told the court that the cocaine was found in the presence of the defendant since he showed officers where the drug was located.
Jeffers also pointed out that the man is a fight risk since he is not Guyanese. The prosecutor also stated that the police are in possession of Wellingston passport.
Magistrate McLennan refused the accused his pre-trial liberty on the grounds that no special reasons were put forward in relation to the matter.
He was remanded and is scheduled to return to court on April 25, 2016.