Haitians convicted of immigration offenses

A Haitian national was yesterday fined and ordered deported after he admitted to overstaying the time allowed on his visitor’s visa.

Banza Joseph, 59, was arrested by immigration officers at his home in a Haitian village at Butler’s Way, off Carmichael Road, on February 20 after he was unable to provide proof of status.

A check of the immigration system revealed that Joseph entered the country on December 25, 2018 and was given permission to stay for one month.

Senior Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans fined Joseph $3,000 or four months in prison and ordered his deportation.

A Haitian woman who entered the country illegally in 2017 was yesterday jailed for three months.

Micheline Thelus, 43, was arrested at her home in Blackwood, Eleuthera,  on February 24.

She admitted to illegal landing when she appeared before Vogt-Evans.

Thelus will be deported after serving her sentence.

Charlene Jean was the Creole interpreter for both matters.


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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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