From the Courts
January 21, 2014
Five Haitians deported after overstaying

Five Haitian nationals were yesterday ordered to be removed from the country after they pleaded guilty to overstaying their time here.{{more}}

The five: Jean-Betty Louis, Remy Louis, Joseph Lochard, Margarette Sainevilel and Mackvens Guerrier, all pleaded guilty at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court to failing to extend the time they were allowed to stay in the country.

The Court heard that the five entered the country between June and August 2013 and were given a month to stay here.

On Thursday, January 16, immigration officials arrested the five, who were at the time living in two separate houses in Bequia.

It is unclear what was the purpose of their visit here.

In court, Haitian national and translator, Miche Paul assisted magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias in reading the charges to the Haitians in their native language.

The magistrate, just after ordering their removal, told them St Vincent and the Grenadines is a beautiful country, but they have to go through the proper channels to stay here.(KW)