Colombian fined $30,000 for overstaying in Guyana


A Colombian woman was on Wednesday brought before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for overstaying her time in Guyana.

finedKaren Rosario Mona, 29, of Colombia, South America, pleaded guilty to the offence when it was read to her.
The court heard that on May 12, 2016 and July 11, 2016, she failed to comply with the conditions of a permit to stay in Guyana, which stated that she was permitted to stay in the country from March 11, 2016 to May 11 2016.

The Prosecution’s case contended that on the day in question, Police Officers arrested the defendant based on information received which indicated she had overstayed her time in Guyana.

Attorney Paul Fung-a-Fat, who represented the defendant’s interest in court, said at the time of his client’s arrest, she was in the process of applying for a distant visa extension through the Home Affairs Ministry, but that time had lapsed.

However, Magistrate McLennan fined the woman $30,000 and failure to pay the fine will result in her serving four weeks in prison.



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