Colombian charged for entering Guyana illegally to undergo psychological evaluation

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A Colombian was on Thursday remanded to prison by Acting Chief Magistrate, Sherdel Isaacs and a psychological evaluation was ordered when he appeared before her charged for illegally entering Guyana.

Jose Valencia, a 32-year-old cook admitted that he entered Guyana without presenting himself to an Immigration Officer on October 22, 2018 through Lethem.

He was however arrested by Police on January 19 last and taken to the Rose Hall Police Station where he failed to hand over his passport.

An investigation confirmed that Valencia entered Guyana illegally.

However, with the aid of an interpreter, the defendant told the Court that upon his arrival in Guyana, he was taken to the Immigration Office where he presented himself and was granted a three months stay.

Further, he explained that he was sleeping at the Stabroek Market during his stay when his suitcase containing his documents and belongings were stolen.

After observing the defendant and listening to his claims, Magistrate Isaacs asked that he be psychologically evaluated after which she will deliver her ruling.

As such, he was remanded and expected to return to Court on February 12, 2019.

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