Illegal Landing, no valid Work Permit charges for Haitian national


Twenty-two-year-old Haitian national Jonas Valmy, appeared before Magistrate Charlton Smith in court #2 Tuesday (March 12), charged with Illegal Landing and working without a valid Work Permit.

He pleaded guilty to both charges and was ordered by Magistrate Smith to pay a $300 fine or in default serve two months at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDCS).

Valmy’s court appearance stemmed from a matter reported by Immigration officers, where they found the accused working in the Taino Beach area and being unable to provide officers with a valid Work Permit, he was taken into custody.

According to Valmy, he entered The Bahamas illegally by boat from Haiti in March 2018 and remained in the country without obtaining legal status. Valmy is expected to be deported to Haiti once his fines are paid or upon completion of his court imposed custodial sentence.

This incident occurred less than a week after local Immigration officers hauled two Haitian nationals before the courts and charged them with being in breach of the Immigration Act on Thursday (March 7).

According to Immigration Officer Napthali Cooper, Haitian national Jerome Esperance, 53, appeared before Magistrate Charlton Smith and was charged with Harboring an illegal person. Particulars outlined that Esperance had an illegal female Haitian immigrant, Ivania Oblibrice, at his dwelling place at #128 Redwood Lane with deliberate intent to evade arrest by Immigration officers.

Esperance, who is married to a Bahamian citizen and is the holder of a Bahamas Immigration issued Resident Spouse Permit, pled guilty and was ordered to pay $2,000 or in default serve two months at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Service (BDCS).

Also appearing before Magistrate Charlton Smith was Ivania Oblibrice, age 36, who was charged by Immigration for Illegal Landing. She pled guilty and was fined $300 or in default serve two months at BDCS.

The day before, Wednesday (March 6), Jamaican national, Claudia Ricketts, age 49 was arrested by Immigration officers, taken to the Freeport Magistrates Court #2 and charged with Overstaying.

Cooper outlined that Ricketts initially entered The Bahamas legally from Jamaica on November 2, 2018 and was initially landed for a period of five days. She received a further extension which expired on November 21, 2018.

Ricketts pled guilty to the charge and Magistrate Charlton Smith ordered her to pay $1,800 and gave her a default sentence of 18 months.

All persons paid their fines and were turned over to the Immigration department who will expedite their departure from The Bahamas.

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