Former Prison Director freed of sex charge

Former Director of Prisons, Welton Trotz

THE sexual assault charge against former Director of Prisons, Welton Trotz, was dismissed on Wednesday by Magistrate Fabayo Azore due to the lack of sufficient evidence. An obviously relieved Trotz said, “There is justice in the courts of Guyana.”
Trotz was before the Georgetown Magistrates Court since October 28, 2015 and was released on $100,000 bail after pleading not guilty to the charge. The trial was held in camera. The matter was prosecuted by Sergeant Simone Payne, while Trotz was represented by Attorney, Patrice Henry.
A junior female rank had alleged that Trotz made sexual advances towards her sometime before the May 11, 2015 General and Regional elections. The junior rank told her husband about his advances, and those were subsequently reported to the police.
“I said when I was charged I know I would have been vindicated, because I didn’t do anything,” the former Prisons Director told reporters after being freed.
When questioned about his next move, Trotz said: “I will go back to church, talk to my people and make a decision now…. The court has been fair in my opinion, because the magistrate listened to all the evidence and it was proven beyond a doubt [that] what the woman alleged didn’t take place.”
The former Prison Director made it clear that he will not return to work at the prison, even if he is asked to by the higher authorities.
“People don’t like you there, people came together to ensure that I didn’t run out my term…. They all conspired against me,” Trotz said, as he walked out of the Georgetown Magistrates Court.