Judge recommends deportation

A young Jamaican national was recommended for deportation after she admitted making a false statement on an Immigration form.

Stay Ann Spence, 24, was also fined $500.

The false statement was her answer ‘no’ to the question, Have you or any of your dependents ever been convicted of a criminal offence in any country?

Spence filled out the form on 1 February.

Crown Counsel Andre Mon Desir told the court that on 22 April, the Immigration Department Enforcement Section received information that Spence had a conviction in the Bahamas.

He said Spence had been convicted of conspiracy to possess forged documents in May 2000. She served two weeks and was then deported.

As a result of the information, Spence was spoken to by Cayman authorities. She told them she thought the question about convictions in any country meant Jamaica or Cayman.

Defence Attorney John Furniss explained that Spence had spent two weeks in custody in the Bahamas because she had been fined and did not have the money to pay.

Further, she was told that she could return to that country after two years. ‘She therefore thought that all things would be in order,’ Mr. Furniss said.

Magistrate Nova Hall repeated the attorney’s assertions that there were no problems while Spence was here. She pointed out, however, that this type of Immigration offence is very serious and the courts have said so in the past.

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