Two Men and a Woman charged for Immigration Offences Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00

On Tuesday, July 9th, 3 illegal immigrants: two Hondurans, and a Salvadoran appeared before the court to answer to separate offenses.

Esvely Ramos Castro, 26, a Honduran national appeared in court after she overstayed her visitor’s permit. She entered the country on December 17, 2012 and was granted stay until April 14, 2013, however, she overstayed her welcome.

In court, Castro wasted no time and pleaded guilty to the offense. In mitigation she asked to be fined since she is a first time offender. With that Magistrate Leslie Hamilton fined her $1,000 plus $5.00 cost of court. The fine was to be paid immediately, which she did, avoiding the alternate which was 6 months in prison. While she paid, she was not freed as she owes the Immigration Department $150 for 3 months worth of back fees for overstaying her time. After Castro pays her fines her stay in Belize will be legalized.

The other two who appeared in court are 24-year-old Jairo Anibal Sanchez Vanegas, a Honduran, and Manuel Antonio Alvarenga Morales, 51, a Salvadoran.

But for Morales and Vanegas, they have been deemed prohibited immigrants and a removal order was issued by the court for their expulsion out of the country.

Esvely Ramos Castro, the Honduran woman, was found at Mile 4 on the Phillip Goldson Highway in a vehicle, while Vanegas and Morales were picked up by police on Friday, July 5, 2013 at a local park in the city.