Ingrid Alcantara De Polanco, the Dominican Republic woman who entered the territory illegally from St Thomas has been fined $1,000 and will spend four months at Her Majesty’s Prison.
The woman also has seven days to pay the fine or she will spend an additional two months at the adult penitentiary.
Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste-DaBreo handed down the sentence via Zoom on Friday, July 17.
As for her claims that she entered the territory for medical reasons, the medical document she presented to the court indicated that the tests in question were done in October of last year; contrary to claims that led the court to believe that it was recent.
What the court heard happened
The court heard that on a date unknown between June 27 to July 8, she landed into the territory illegally.
On July 8, while checking in at the TB Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island, Immigration officers noticed that she did not have any visible entry stamp in her passport.
She was heading out with a ticket to an undisclosed destination.
The court heard that she was asked to step aside and following discussions with the authorities, she was transported to the Road Town Police Station.
While at the station, she told law enforcers that she travelled to Tortola from St Thomas, USVI on a boat and paid $1,000 for the trip.
She further said she was assisted by an unknown male who took her to a house for a few days.
She was subsequently charged with the offence before the court.
Her attorney Nelson Samuel had told the court that his client was remorseful for her actions and that she travelled to the territory because she was diagnosed with a ‘lump in her breast’ and wanted to go to her home country to be with her four children.
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