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Guyanese man denies trespassing

A 25-year-old Guyanese national who arrived in the county as a child had to surrender his passport to a Bridgetown Court today after appearing on a trespassing charge.

Andrew Martin Thomas, of 1st Avenue Grazettes, St Michael, is accused of venturing onto the premises of Shadai Pratt on September 11, after being forbidden to do so. He pleaded not guilty.

Although not going into the facts of the case, prosecutor Station Sergeant Carson Henry revealed, after being questioned by Acting Magistrate Sandra Rawlins, that Thomas went onto the property at night and was apparently intoxicated.

The Crown’s representative also disclosed that Thomas had arrived in the country on a school visa but had not regularized his status since that visa expired.

His mother, who has legal status in Barbados, informed the court that Thomas had been in the country since the age of eight and had the necessary documents during that time.

However, she said, circumstances beyond her control had prevented her from filing the necessary paperwork to regularize his status subsequently. However, Magistrate Rawlins informed the woman that her son was old enough to undergo the process himself.

After being warned to stay away from his alleged victim, Thomas was granted $2,500 bail, which he posted with one surety.

He is to return to court on September 25.