ST JOHN’S, Antigua – A 35 year old Vincentian national, who fled his country to avoid paying child support, will be deported from Antigua.
Vernon Reginald Junior “Scratch” Adams appeared before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh and pleaded guilty to entering the country at a port not designated as a port of entry.
Members of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda took Adams into custody on July 3. He was turned over to the Immigration Department and his travel documents were examined.
It was observed that the passport did not bear an immigration permit granting him entry into the country.
Adams was questioned by immigration officials and told them that he came to Antigua via a fishing boat from St Vincent on June 23.
He said the boat’s captain dropped him at the fisheries complex in Urlings Village and left.
Records were checked at the Immigration Department but none were found “of him (Adams) presenting himself to be landed or of him being exempted from these provisions.”
The St Vincent and the Grenadines national was arrested and charged.
Adams is to depart the state by Monday.
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