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St. Lucian who overstayed in Jamaica to be deported

Published:Saturday | March 21, 2015 | 3:00 AM

WESTERN BUREAU:

A St Lucian who was recently arrested for overstaying his time in Jamaica by two years was slapped with a deportation order following his appearance in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Malik Devoe, who pleaded guilty when he appeared before Resident Magistrate Carolyn Tie, was admonished and discharged, though the court issued a removal order to send him back to St Lucia.

The court was told that Devoe came into Jamaica from St Lucia on January 3, 2013, and was given a six-month period of stay. However, on March 3 of this year, he was still in the island. He was subsequently arrested and charged.

In explaining his case, Devoe told Tie that he had originally come to Jamaica to find work so he could help his family.

"I came here with the intention to work and help my family, but I made a bad investment and lost some money. I had to leave where I was staying in

St Andrew, and I moved to Negril," said Devoe.

"If it is you want to stay here, you will have to do things the proper way," said Tie. "I will let you off with a warning but I will also impose a removal order so you will be removed from Jamaica," the magistrate added before Devoe was subsequently led out of the courtroom by a police officer.