A female visitor from St Kitts was fined $500 in the Magistrate’s Court on Thursday after she was caught en route, sneaking off to St John in the neighbouring US Virgin Islands (USVI).
Helena Henry, who had visited the territory this week to attend a wedding of a family relative on Virgin Gorda was sentenced in relation to the offence of embarking on a destination outside the territory without leave of an Immigration officer.
She was ordered to pay the $500 fine forthwith or spend one month at Her Majesty’s Prison.
“If you send me to prison I don’t think I would make it. I am very sorry, Your Honour. I will never come to Tortola again,” she said after hearing her sentence.
The middle-aged woman then openly wailed in the courtroom.
What the court heard happened
The court heard that Henry arrived in the territory on October 15 and was allowed to stay for a period of three days.
Sometime between Tuesday and Wednesday, local law enforcement caught her on a private vessel heading to the USVI but checks revealed that she did not have the requisite permission to leave the territory.
She was subsequently arrested and charged for the offence.
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