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Haitian teen picked up by local fishermen

Published:Sunday | February 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Gareth Davis Sr, Gleaner Writer

A Haitian boy, who was picked up Friday night in Fairy Hill, Portland, by the Port Antonio police, is now at that station lock-up.

He is 16-year-old Jean Saint Homme of Puerto-au-Prince in Haiti.

Homme was picked up shortly after 4 p.m. Friday at a house in Fairy Hill, where he had spent less than two hours with a friend.

The police say the teen, who fled the earthquake-devastated Haitian capital last Wednesday evening, landed at Hellshire in St Catherine with a group of local fishermen travelling in a high-speed boat.

The police say the teen was given $1,000 by a resident, which he later used to travel on a bus to Montego Bay.

Earlier repatriated

However, the teen took another bus, which took him to Port Antonio, where he visited a friend's house in the Fairy Hill community.

The friend's house is close to the Winnifred Rest Home shelter, which housed more than 800 Haitians between 2004 and 2006.

The police were later informed of the Haitian's arrival.

The police have also revealed that the teen was among a group of Haitians, who landed in Portland in 2006, but were later repatriated.

Homme is being held at the Port Antonio station for safe keeping, but is to be transferred to the Port Antonio Salvation Army place of rest tomorrow.