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January 17, 2014
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Jamaican faces jail for overstaying in the Bahamas
André Williams, STAR Writer

A 25-year-old Jamaican was fingered among seven suspected illegal immigrants arraigned in the Freeport Magistrate Court on Tuesday, THE WEEKEND STAR has learnt.

He is Rohan Anarzey Whyte, charged with overstaying.

He pleaded guilty and was fined US$3,000, failing which, it would result in him spending two years in prison.

However, THE WEEKEND STAR gathered that Whyte has not paid his fine and is being detained in Freeport.

According to www.tribune242.com, all the suspects were taken into custody in Grand Bahama over the weekend.

Reports from the Bahamas Department of Immigration indicates that six Haitians and one Jamaican were picked up in the Freeport area on January 9 and 11.

Also, among the suspects was a pregnant woman.

Lesly Philippe, 31; Benson Nortelus, 31; Anous Exaltin, 33; Micko Joseph, 23; Mortel Samondy, 35; and Nadeige Pierre, 31; all of Haiti, were charged with illegal entry.

They pleaded guilty to the charge and were each fined US$300.

Our news team understands that these fines were paid, eliminating a one-year prison term for each.

They are to be repatriated soon.

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