Venezuelan women fined, ordered deported after illegal entry

Three Venezuelan nationals were yesterday fined and ordered deported after they pleaded guilty to entering the country illegally.

Leandre Gritto, Denise Vieira and Ariana Martinez were all brought before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, who, with the aid of a translator, read the charge to them in a Georgetown court.

The charge stated that the three women on February 7th, 2018, at Eteringbang, Cuyuni River, entered Guyana by sea and disembarked without the consent of an immigration officer.

After the charge was read, the three women pleaded guilty.

Police prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that on February 8th, ranks from the Parika Police Station came into contact with the defendants and asked them to produce their passports. The prosecutor noted that the women failed to do so and were later taken to the Criminal Investigation Department, at Eve Leary, where investigations were conducted and it was revealed that they entered Guyana illegally.

The Chief Magistrate later fined each woman $30,000 or a default sentence of eight weeks in jail. The women heard that after they would have paid their fine, or served the default sentence, they would be escorted to the nearest port of exit.

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