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J’can gets four months in Cayman prison for overstaying time

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CMC) — A Jamaican man who overstayed his time in this British Overseas Territory for almost eight years, has been sentenced to four months in prison.

Omar Donovan Reid, 41, who on Tuesday pleaded guilty to overstaying from February 28, 2011 to January 14, 2019, also admitted working without a permit during that time.

Crown Counsel Scott Wainwright said Reid married a Caymanian woman in August 2010 and days after the marriage, his work permit expired, but he made no application for another permit or residence. He was invited to apply for employment and residence rights, but declined to do so. He admitted to knowingly overstaying and having knowledge of the immigration amnesty last year.

It’s reported that Reid and his wife were still married but were living separately.

They also had a child together and remained friends, with the defendant paying US$150 a month toward the support of the child.

“He refused to disclose whom he was working for and the nature of the work he was doing,” Wainwright concluded.

Defence attorney Dennis Brady told the court that the defendant “had financial challenges and kept postponing what needed to be done until it got out of hand”.

He said it was a case of not understanding that being married to a Caymanian was not sufficient for him to be able to stay here.

However, the magistrate said he could not accept this explanation because Reid had been told in 2011 that he needed to apply, adding that Reid had no right to be in the Cayman Islands until he conformed to the provisions of the Immigration Law.

The magistrate said the offences were serious because they undermined immigration control, particularly in the Cayman Islands because of its size and economy.

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