Angolan woman almost deported


…after failing to inform Court she is married to Guyanese

An Angolan woman was almost deported from Guyana on Friday after she failed to inform the Court that she is married to a Guyanese.

Shantelle Joseph pleaded guilty to the charge of overstaying when it was read to her by Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

The charge alleges that, Joseph, between July 23 2016 and July 28 2017 at Georgetown, failed to comply with a permit granted to her and overstayed for the said period.

Magistrate Daly fined the defendant $30,000 and ordered that she be escorted to the airport where she will be deported.

However, her husband of eleven years objected to this and informed the Court that the woman is his wife.

He explained that she was given time to apply for her citizenship by the immigration authority, however a family member in Angola suffered a health crisis and the woman had to move back to her country.

He added that she returned and is again in the process of applying for her citizenship which is taking a lengthy period.

Documents were presented in Court to verify the information provided and as such the woman was ordered to just pay the fine; the deportation was revoked.



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