Jamaica Crime News, St James: St. James Parish Judge Sandria Wong-Small on Wednesday, April 3 postponed sentencing for a St. James man accused of making a false declaration for the purpose of securing a Jamaican passport.
Sentencing was postponed for Michael Anthony Sterling to give the probation office sufficient time to prepare a social enquiry report that will assist the judge in the sentencing process.
Court records revealed that on August 15, 2006, Sterling visited the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) in Montego Bay and made a false declaration for the purpose of securing a new passport by signing that he is Oral Patrick Salmon, knowing same to be false.
He reportedly travelled on the passport to Amsterdam that same year, but sometime this year when he visited the passport office to apply for a new passport in his real name, it came to light that he previously applied for a passport in another name.
During Wednesday’s proceedings, Sterling’s lawyer George Duncan asked Judge Wong-Small to push back the sentencing date so that a social enquiry report could be prepared for his client.
Sentencing was postponed until June 4, and Sterling was bound over until that date.