A Layou man with a history of deception has received a second prison term in less than a week for traffic offences, even as he has a number of deception charges pending.
On Monday, at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court, Iso Lynch, a 36-year-old contractor, said that rather than paying his latest fine, he would live at taxpayers’ expense.
After Magistrate Bertie Pompey had handed down the fines, with prison sentences as alternatives, Lynch, referring to the total fines, asked the court, “So how much is that?”
Before Pompey could complete his calculations, Lynch seem to have made the decision to extend his stay at Her Majesty’s Prison, telling the court, “Me go eat that taxpayers money dey.”
Lynch was charged that on Jan. 23, 2019, at Park Hill Public Road, he did drive motor vehicle PA 240 in a manner dangerous to the public.
He was also charged that on the same date and place, he drove the said vehicle without a policy of insurance in respect to third party risk and without being the holder of a driver’s permit.
Lynch, who had previously pleaded not guilty to the charges, changed his mind at the last moment, telling the court, “My head was hot and I want to get these matters finished today.”
For driving without a valid driver’s permit, Lynch was fined EC$250 or two months imprisonment.
He received an additional EC$450 fine for driving an uninsured vehicle or three months in prison.
For driving in a manner dangerous to the public, Lynch was fined EC$300 or four months imprisonment.
The sentences are to run concurrently with each other but consecutive to the jail term imposed by another court on unrelated traffic matters last week.
Last Wednesday, at the Serious Offences Court, in Kingstown, Lynch was handed two jail terms for driving an uninsured vehicle and driving without a permit on Sept. 27, 2018 at the Nelson Mandela Public Road.
For driving an uninsured vehicle, he was jailed for nine months while a five-month sentence was handed down for driving without a permit.
Lynch is also awaiting trial for allegedly deceiving Jamal Francis, of Yambou, at Rose Place, Kingstown on Jan. 24, 2019.
He is alleged to have committed the crime by falsely presenting himself as a fictitious Inspector Allen of the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Lynch is further charged that that on Nov. 23, 2018 at Richmond Hill, he dishonestly obtained EC$250 in cash from Winfield Cumberbatch, of Belair, with the intention of permanently depriving him of it.
He is further charged that on Dec. 18, 2016 at Mt. Bentick, by deception, he dishonestly obtained EC$800 in cash from Ebenezer Atwell of Mt. Bentick.
Lynch is also charged that on Dec. 29, 2016 at Mt. Bentick, by deception, he dishonestly obtained EC$2,400 from Atwell , with the intention of permanently depriving him of it.
Lynch pleaded not guilty to all charges and will be tried on Feb. 25.
On Jan. 28, police advised members of the public to be aware of persons who appear to be conducting genuine business activities but are impersonating the police.
They noted that Lynch is one such person who has been convicted on numerous occasions for deception and impersonating police officers.