Carwill Potter, the 72-year-old man charged with two Immigration-related offences has been sentenced to prison.
During his sentencing hearing recently, Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards ordered Potter to spend 30 months at Her Majesty’s Prison for smuggling 21 illegal immigrants into the territory.
Magistrate Richards also sentenced Potter to eight months imprisonment for illegal entry.
The court ruled that the sentences run concurrently. That effectively means that Potter will only serve a maximum prison term of two-and-a-half years.
During a previous appearance in court, the senior citizen claimed he committed the crimes to ‘raise a few dollars’.
It is reported that on August 12 last year, Anguillan authorities held and deported Potter who was wanted by BVI authorities.
Following his deportation to the BVI, local law enforcers kept him in custody on suspicion of the aforementioned offences.
The court heard that Potter subsequently participated in an identification parade.
During the ID parade, the illegal immigrants positively identified him as the boat captain who smuggled them to the island of Virgin Gorda last April.
He was subsequently charged.
Potter’s alleged co-captain
Another man is also before the court in connection with the offence. He has been identified Luc Eloi of Haiti.
The Haitian is accused of being the co-captain in the smuggling operation. However, he denied the accusations when he first appeared in court last year.
Eloi is scheduled stand trial.
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