BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - DAVID SMITH, the man who had illegally entered the Federation on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, was charged by both the Police Force ans the Customs and Excise Department and was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison.
The 27-year-old Buckley’s resident was on Friday (May 28) following his release from quarantine after testing negative for COVID-19.
The policend had charged him on Friday (May 28) for Entering a Port that is not Recognised as an Appropriate Port of Entry, and, three days later (May 31), he was slapped with another charge for Entering the Federation Without Permission of the Ministry of National Security.
The Customs and Excise Department had charged him on Sunday (May 300 for Failing to File a Declaration With a Proper Officer, Arriving in the Federation in a Vessel at a Place Other than a Notified Place by a Customs Officer, Failure to Report Directly to a Customs or a Police Officer upon Arrival into the Federation, and Failure to Produce a Certificate of Clearance.
Smithhad had reportedly entered St. Kitts via Lime Kiln Bay on Tuesday (May 11) morning using a single engine fishing vessel that was allegedly stolen from neighbouring Antigua and Barbuda.
Reports out of St. John’s had indicated that the owner of the vessel had docked it around 10:00 p.m. on Monday (May 10) at Perry Bayand it was reported stolen on the following morning.
The vessel is said to be a 25-foot pirogue with a single Yamaha 100 horsepower four-stroke engine.
The police were told that a man was seen leaving the vessel with a suitcase and was running in the direction of Lime Kiln/Village area. He was however apprehended at a location in Buckley’s on Thursday (May 13) and placed in quarantine.