A Trinidadian man has pleaded guilty to overstaying in the British Virgin Islands for weeks.
Thirty-one-year-old Dolphie Nedd answered to the charge during a virtual appearance before Magistrate Christilyn Benjamin on Monday, April 20.
During the court proceedings that happened via Zoom, Nedd was fined $1,000. He has up to the end of this week to pay the fine or in default, he will spend three months at Her Majesty’s Prison.
What the court heard happened
The court heard that Nedd arrived in the territory on vacation on December 22 last year and was residing in Towers Estate, West End.
He was granted stay in the British Virgin Islands up till February 22 and was seeking employment.
However, on April 14, members of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force received information about suspicious activity taking place at a Belmont Estate residence and subsequently responded.
The court heard that the Trinidadian was among persons found at the home. While examining his travel documents, police noted that he was illegal in the territory.
The accused man’s attorney, Stephen Daniels, told the court that his client “just took the wrong advice”. He gave that indication in response to the magistrate’s queries as to why Nedd did not seek an additional extension if he wanted to remain in the BVI.
In considering the sentence, Magistrate Benjamin noted that Nedd had no record of any previous offences.
“I am not minded to take into consideration a custodial sentence,” she stated, adding that a fine would suffice under the circumstances.
Notwithstanding the current territorial lockdown, the magistrate said arrangements will be made for Nedd to pay the fine if he has the funds available.
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