St. Jude Pierre, a Haitian national, was charged in Freeport’s Magistrate Court with Illegal Landing when he made his court appearance Tuesday (November 13) morning.
Pierre, 28, was brought before Magistrate Rengin Johnson in Court #3, where he was charged with Illegal Entry into the country without the leave of an immigration officer.
Dressed in a denim long-sleeved shirt and blue jeans, the defendant required the service of translator, Winslet Jackson, who has been serving in that position for about 16 years.
According to reports, on Friday, November 9 officers of the local Immigration Department received inform-ation that an illegal immigrant was living at a residence on Clarke Avenue.
Officers went to the location where they spotted the defendant, approached and questioned him regarding his legal status in the country. Pierre, who was unable to present documents to verify that he was in the country legally was cautioned and taken into custody.
At Immigration Headquarters, a review of immigration files showed that Pierre had no status and he later admitted that he entered the country illegally by boat two weeks prior.
Subsequently, he was further cautioned and charged with Illegal Landing.
In court Pierre pleaded guilty to the charge and was ordered to pay a fine of $300, or in default serve one year at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDCS) in New Providence.
Pierre opted to pay the $300 fine and then be deported back to Haiti.
In other news, police in North Andros are investigating a boating incident that has left an adult male dead.
Preliminary reports revealed that shortly after 10:00 a.m. Tuesday (November 13) five men from Andros were on a fishing trip some three miles off Morgan’s Bluff, when their boat caught fire and an explosion occurred.
The men, all, jumped overboard for safety. A short while later one of the men was found unconscious, submerged in the water. The man was taken to shore where he was pronounced dead by the island’s local doctor.
Investigations are ongoing.
In other national crime news, police in the capital are investigating a shooting incident which has left an adult male dead Monday, November 12.
According to reports, shortly after 5:00 p.m., a male was walking on Watlins Street off Andros Avenue, when he was approached by a man armed with a firearm, who shot him before running away. The victim was transported to hospital by paramedics and later succumbed to his injuries.
Investigations are ongoing.
Police in New Providence have also officially identified the male who was shot and killed on Friday, November 9 at Cooper’s Terrace, as Stevante Sweeting, 22, of Pyfrom Road.
Police are appealing to anyone with information regarding these incidents, to anonymously call police at 919/911, crime stoppers at 328-TIPS (8477) the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991/2 or the nearest Police Station. All information will be held in the strictest of confidence.
In an unrelated matter, illegal drugs were recovered resulting in one adult female tourist in custody. According to reports, shortly after 10:00 a.m., Monday, November 12 Central Division officers arrested an adult American female on board the Carnival Elations cruise ship, after she was found in possession of a quantity of suspected marijuana.
The female is expected to be formally arraigned before the Magistrate Court later this week.