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GDF COURT MARTIALED RANKS FOR AWOL AND DESERTION OFFENCES AND SENTENCED THEM IMPRISONMENT

Six Guyana Defence Force ranks are to be incarcerated for being Absent Without Leave and Desertion when their Court Martial trials concluded on May 15 last.

 

Corporal Jerome Gomes, Ordinary Rating Anthony Mortley andOrdinary Rating Gavin Andrews were sentenced to three (3) months imprisonment after being charged with the offence of absence without leave contrary section 48(a) of the Defence Act, Chapter 15:01. Gomes was represented by Attorney at Law James Bond while Mortley and Andrews were unrepresented.

Corporals Ptolemy Ireland and Ravin Carroll were sentenced to three (3) months and four (4) months imprisonment respectively, after being charged with the offence of desertion. They were both unrepresented.

Meanwhile, Private Kumar Shivlochan who was charged with the offence of absence without leave contrary section 48(a) of the Defence Act, was sentenced to 42 days detention and discharge with ignominy. He too was unrepresented.

Gomes, Mortley Andrews, Ireland and Carroll are to be incarcerated at state prisons. The trials commenced and ended on the 15th May 2013 and all accused persons pleaded guilty.