Jamaican fined, deported from Bahamas for 'overstaying'

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bahamas-logo-OK.jpgA Jamaican has been fined and ordered deported from the Bahamas after pleading guilty to an immigration related offence. Gary Anthony Clarke, 43, who is from Westmoreland, appeared before a Magistrate on Thursday on a charge of overstaying.

According to court dockets, Clarke was taken into custody on October 22, accused of making threats and overstaying. Clarke was further questioned on his status to remain in The Bahamas, and it was at this time he admitted to remaining in the country for more than four years. Clarke said he overstayed in hopes of reconnecting with two children who he fathered while in The Bahamas.

The Jamaican was ordered to pay a fine of US$3,000 or serve six months in prison.Once that condition is satisfied, the Magistrate ordered Clarke be turned over to immigration officials for deportation.