Warrant issued for hotel proprietor

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Freeman Fordyce

A WARRANT for the arrest of the proprietor of Diamond Hotel and Bar was, on Thursday, August 08, 2019, issued by the Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court, after he failed to appear in court for his report date, in relation to his alleged trafficking of two Venezuelan women for sexual exploitation.

Freeman Fordyce, 41, of Collingswood Avenue, Nandy Park, East Bank Demerara is currently indicted for trafficking the two Venezuelan women at Club Diamond, George Street, Werk-en-Rust, between September 30, 2018, and November 30, 2018.
Fordyce made his first court appearance in April 2019 and was remanded to prison since the Chief Magistrate had to issue a summons for him to attend court.

The businessman, while out on station bail had to report to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters, Eve Leary, weekly while the matter was being investigated. However, he was not reporting to the police and had fled to Suriname.
After being refused bail on several occasions, Fordyce moved to the High Court and was released on bail.

On Thursday, Fordyce was scheduled to report to court but failed to make his appearance causing the Chief Magistrate to issue a warrant for his arrest. The matter was adjourned until September 5, 2019.

A few months ago, a video was circulated which showed one of the women jumping over a gate while being supported by her friends to gain access to the night club.
Thereafter, ranks from the police force acted on information and went to the Club where they found a significant number of women who were all arrested and taken into custody.
Fordyce was previously charged for assaulting a police officer who was attempting to arrest him.

He was also given a two-year suspended sentence after he was found guilty of having an illegal pistol and ammunition in his possession.