The Jamaican who was jailed for one year for having a false driver’s permit is appealing his sentence.
Oshaine George, 25, who has no previous convictions or pending matters, is appealing on the ground that the sentence was too severe.
Yesterday, attorney Rick Ramparas informed San Fernando Senior Magistrate Alicia Chankar of the appeal and made an application for bail.
The magistrate rejected his request. George was not in court. Chankar had sentenced George on Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to uttering the forged permit.
George claimed the permit was issued to him by a Licensing Officer two years ago.
He said he met the officer outside the Licensing Office in Caroni and paid him $1,500.
George said he also provided a photograph of himself with a red background. Three days later, George collected the permit from the officer at the Caroni roundabout.
George insisted that he thought the permit was genuine.
On Tuesday, his friend, Jamaican Omari Lindsay, 22, who has no permit, was driving an AD wagon which ran off the Solomon Hochoy Highway near the Gasparillo lay-by.
George, who is married to a Trinidadian woman and a NESC student, was in the front passenger seat.
On the request of WPC Grant, George gave her his permit.
The officer observed an irregularity with the photograph and arrested him.
In passing sentence, the magistrate lamented that there were rogue officers in all institutions.
She said: “It is these rogue officers that are coming and wearing the uniform and holding the office and it’s not just licensing office, its all over.” The other Jamaican was charged by PC Roopan with driving without a permit and insurance.
He pleaded guilty.
Traffic Court Magistrate Anslem Leander fined him $2,400 in total and disqualified him from holding a drivers permit for three years.
Lindsay was given a month to pay the fines.
The courts were informed that the Immigration Division had issued detention orders for both men.
Reporter: Sascha Wilson