Man fined $15,000 for immigration charge

Timothy Sinclair, 35, of New Amsterdam, Berbice, appeared before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday to answer to an immigration-related charge.

It is alleged that on January 15, 2017, and January 23, 2017, he failed to present himself to the relevant immigration authorities after he entered the country.

Sinclair was arrested on January 23, 2017 for robbery under arms and while in custody, checks were made at the central immigration office in Georgetown, which revealed that the defendant left Guyana on January 15, 2017, through Moleson creek using his passport and never reported to the Immigration Office upon his return. He also failed to present his passport to the Police.

The defendant explained that on January 15, he left the country for Suriname, where he misplaced his passport and returned on January 16. He further stated that he did not present himself to immigration officials nor did he report the lost document.

Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan then advised him to report stolen/missing documents in the future and was fined him $15,000.