Three Haitians Arraigned For Overstaying

By Denise Maycock

Tribune Freeport Reporter


THREE Haitians were arraigned in a Freeport Magistrate’s Court this week for breach of the Immigration Act, including overstaying and illegal landing.

The matters were heard in Court One before Deputy Chief Magistrate Debbye Ferguson. 

Lucien Joseph Charles, 36, was charged with overstaying contrary to Section 28(1) & (3) of the Immigration Act. 

He pleaded guilty to the charge. According to the particulars, Charles was found in Freeport after the expiration of a work visa which had expired July 4, 2018. 

Charles was convicted of overstaying and fined $3,000 or 12 months in prison. He was also ordered deported to Haiti on payment of the fine or serving the custodial sentence. 

Also appearing in court was Janise Jean, 29, and Jenny Reyes, 30, also of Haiti. The women were charged with illegal landing contrary to Section 19(1) of the Immigration Act. 

They pleaded guilty to the offence. The particulars are that both women were found having landed from a place outside The Bahamas without leave of an immigration officer.

The judge convicted the women and fined them $300 each or in default serve one year in prison. They were also ordered deported to Haiti on payment of the fines or on serving their custodial sentences.    

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