Linden man fined $20,000 for il­le­gal de­par­ture at Coren­tyne

Stabroek News - - LETTERS -

A Linden res­i­dent was yes­ter­day fined after he ad­mit­ted to de­part­ing the coun­try through an il­le­gal port of en­try.

Kevon Charles 21, of Lot 5, Pipe Street, Wis­mar, Linden, was read a charge by Chief Mag­is­trate Ann McLen­nan which stated that on Jan­uary 7, at Spring­lands, Coren­tyne, he de­parted Guyana, from a point that’s not a port of en­try.

Charles, a fish­er­man told the court that he went to work as a fish­er­man in Suri­name but their ship was stopped by Suri­namese im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cers, who asked him if he had a pass­port, to which he re­sponded no. He added that he was later de­tained and sub­se­quently sent back to Guyana.

The ac­cused was then asked by the Chief Mag­is­trate his rea­sons for not hav­ing a pass­port, to which he stated that he didn’t have time “to look it after.”

The Chief Mag­is­trate then fined him $20,000, or a de­fault sen­tence of three weeks im­pris­on­ment.

He was given one week to pay the fine and fail­ure to do so, would re­sult in his ar­rest and serv­ing of the de­fault sen­tence.

Kevon Charles

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