Three Bahamians fined, ordered deported
WESTERN BUREAU: After almost a month in jail, three Bahamians charged with illegal entry into the island were fined $10,000 each when they appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
Presiding judge, Glen Brown, also ordered that they should be deported.
The trio are 29-year-old Al Russell; 27-year-old Oscar Pinder, and 26-year-old Vaughn Rolle.
It is alleged that on April 18, the Jamaica Defence Coast Guard spotted the three men on a boat in the vicinity of Whitehouse in St James.
They were ordered to run aground after which they were searched. During the search, the trio were reportedly found with passports, but did not have any authorisation to be in the country.
They were subsequently arrested and charged with illegal entry.
When the men appeared in court Tuesday their attorney, George Thomas, said they had come to the island to “have fun”.
“They came for fun, and ended up behind bars.
All they want now is to go home, home, home,” Thomas said.
He added that his clients had been in jail for a month, and that their families were suffering as a result.
Thomas attempted to sway the judge’s recommendation for a deportation order, but Justice Brown did not capitulate.
“Those who have good intentions are welcome (to Jamaica), but those who do not, are not welcome,” the judge told the three accused.