By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT – Four Haitian men and one Bahamian man were arraigned in the Eight Mile Rock Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with the suspected illegal human smuggling incident at Holmes Rock.
The men appeared before Magistrate Gwen Claude. Jerome Eugene Hutcheson III, enforcement supervisor at the Department of Immigration, prosecuted on behalf of the department.
Haitians Alfrede Jean, 35; Jimmy Jean, 28; Gaby Denis, 29; and Ezechiel Auguste, 26; all of Holmes Rock, were charged with illegal entry.
On December 10, they were allegedly found at Holmes Rock having landed without the leave of an Immigration officer and elsewhere than at an authorised port of entry.
The Haitians men pleaded guilty.
Hilbert McPhee, 32, of Pine Forest Subdivision, Holmes Rock, was charged with helping the four Haitians enter illegally.
McPhee initially pleaded guilty to the charge, then reversed his plea.
Magistrate Claude ordered the Haitian men to pay a fine of $300 each or spend three months in prison.
She also ordered that they be deported from the country.
McPhee was given a conditional discharge and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.
He was also ordered to donate $500 to the Department of Immigration.