A deportation order means, “You are not welcome here,” Magistrate Angelyn Hernandez told defendant Marlon Crowe last week. She sentenced him to 14 months imprisonment for illegal landing and a concurrent three months for contravention of a deportation order.
Mr. Crowe, 36, was deported in October 2017, to Jamaica after serving a sentence for conspiracy to import ganja.
It was not known exactly when he returned. He admitted to being in Cayman illegally “about a month.” Defense attorney John Furniss said Mr. Crowe did return by boat “and therefore avoided immigration control.”
Press releases from police indicated that they had been searching for Mr. Crowe since mid-April. On April 16, the police issued a request for public assistance in the search.
On Thursday, May 3, he was found at an address on Frank Sound Road, arrested and taken into custody. He appeared in Summary Court on Friday, May 4, when he pleaded guilty to illegal landing. The plea was an admission that he had entered the Cayman Islands in contravention of the Immigration Law sometime between Oct. 17, 2017 and May 3, 2018.
Sentencing was adjourned to see what other charges were being brought.
At the sentencing hearing, Crown counsel Darlene Oko told the court that Mr. Crowe was found after officers attended the Frank Sound address around 5:15 a.m. When they forced a bathroom door, Mr. Crowe leapt through a small window. He was captured shortly afterward.
The magistrate and attorney discussed other similar cases.
They agreed that Magistrate Kirsty-Ann Gunn had dealt with an illegal lander by imposing a sentence of 14 months imprisonment. She stated at the time that illegal landing had become prevalent, so the normal starting point of nine months would be increased to 21 months. In that case, she gave a full one-third discount for an early guilty plea, with the resulting sentence of 14 months. The sentence was not appealed and, in fact, the Grand Court endorsed that starting point in another case.
For Mr. Crowe, Magistrate Hernandez said there was not one mitigating feature but there were several aggravating features. He had not offered any assistance to authorities. It was not known who helped him get here and who was helping him while he was here.
As previously reported, a man was arrested on suspicion of harboring a fugitive, but it was not clear whether he had been brought to court.