Felicos Joseph, a 52-year-old Haitian national, had his day in the Magistrate Court yesterday – Tuesday, October 9 – where he had charges of Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a minor and Overstaying levied against.
Appearing before Deputy Chief Magistrate Debbye Ferguson, Joseph required the assistance of an interpreter, Wislet Jackson, to translate his French Creole.
The court learned that Joseph was arrested on October 1 on the criminal charge of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, sometime between November 2016 to March 2018.
Upon his arrest, police officers consequently made inquiries to the Department of Immigration, which was when they learned of his illegal status.
Joseph, a native of the Northside of Cap-Haitien, told the court, through the translator, that he was brought to Nassau, New Providence sometime in 2014 by a woman named Margaret Matthew, who claimed to be a missionary.
He was granted an 18-day stay in the country, at the time.
According to Joseph, he and Matthew were supposed to be married, and he was to get his residency so that he could eventually move to the United States. However, two years later, she left Joseph, taking the $6,000 he gave her.
Joseph claimed that he was told that Matthew had moved to Grand Bahama, which was why he came to the island two years ago.
With regards to the Overstaying charge, Joseph pleaded guilty and admitted that he knew he was wrong. Ferguson ordered him to pay $3,000 and serve one year in the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDCS).
If he failed to pay, he would serve an additional consecutive year.
Joseph relayed that he did not know how he could pay the fine and asked to be deported; however, his request could not be granted due to the criminal matter.
Regarding the Unlawful Sexual Intercourse charge, Ferguson stated that Joseph was not required to enter a plea.
Ferguson suggested that Joseph work on paying the fine so that he could focus on the criminal matter. A Voluntary Bill of Indictment is scheduled to be prepared for February 28, 2019.
Meanwhile, Jerounto Kymo Rolle, Jr., 18, of Frobisher Drive was also arraigned in Magistrate Court yesterday.
Rolle was charged with Attempted Armed Robbery, Grievous Harm and Accessory After the Fact, for his involvement in the September 30 attempted robbery at Chances Games’ Hunter’s location.
Reports revealed that the incident occurred shortly after 9:00 p.m., when two masked males, both armed with a firearm, entered a business establishment in Hunter’s, held up the security guard and a female employee and demanded cash.
The female employee ran into the bathroom and was shot in the leg.
Both bandits made good their escape on foot without any cash.
Rolle was not required to enter a plea on either count, but a Preliminary Inquiry will be held in the Eight Mile Rock Court to determine his fate.
His case was adjourned to February 4, 2019, and bail was denied.
He was remanded to the BDCS until that date.
Also appearing before Magistrate Ferguson were Sandra Lurie Dorean Burkhart, 60, of Erickson Drive; Jessica Wallace-Whitfield, 29, of Cadney Avenue and Joseph Wallace-Whitfield, 26, of Erickson Drive, who all were arraigned on Possession of Ammunition charge.
The trio were not required to enter a plea were denied bail and the matter was adjourned to February 27, 2019 for trial.
Additionally, Joseph Wallace Whitfield and Burkhart were arraigned on Possession of Dangerous Drugs. The duo pleaded not guilty and that matter was also adjourned to February 27, 2019.
The RBPF continues to appeal to anyone with information regarding any crime, no matter how small or insignificant the tip may seem, to anonymously call police at 919 or crime stoppers at 328-tips (8477) (New Providence) or 1-242-300-8477 (Family Islands.)