Tobago Fishermen Arrested For Breach Of SVG Immigration Laws

48 years old Michal Hopedales and 32 Keshan Murray both from Tobago were arrested and charged for breach of immigration laws in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Both men are accused of entering the state by boat at Barrouallie without the relevant travel documents.

 They were escorted to the Kingstown Magistrate Court on Tuesday, May 8th before Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett and entered guilty pleas.

Reports are that on the date in question members of the SVG Coast Guard who were on sea patrol in the Barrouallie when a vessel was seen in the waters.

The officers are said to have approached the vessel where they saw both Hopedales and Murray.

When questioned about their reason for being here the stated that they came to collect some stuff.

They did not have any travel document and as a result, they were taken into custody and handed over to the Immigration Officials who charged them for entering the country without the relevant travel documents.

In mitigation lawyer, Grant Connell told the Court that they are fishermen who went on a fishing expedition and while doing so the 75 horsepower vessel encountered some problems and they drifted to here.

As a result, they were ordered to pay the sum of $500.00 forthwith in default both men will go to jail for two months.

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