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Sierra Leone man arrested buying engagement ring, fined $30,000 for illegal entry

Samuel David, a 38-year-old Brazil resident from Sierra Leone was fined $30,000 on Tuesday by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and he will be deported.

The charge was made against David that on December 22, 2016, he entered Guyana through Lethem and did not present himself to the nearest immigration officer. David lived in Brazil for 15 years.

But it wasn’t until January 7, 2017 that he was arrested under suspicion of credit card fraud while attempting to purchase an engagement ring for his Guyanese girlfriend at Kings Jewellery World.

David’s lawyer, Nekeisha Singh, told the court her client used his credit card at the city jewellery store and the transaction was accepted.

However, Singh said she does not know if it was her client’s appearance, since he was wearing African-styled clothing, that he was falsely accused of credit card fraud.

When David was arrested at the city jewellery store, it was then that his passport, at the Criminal Investigations Department, was examined where it was found there was no record of him legally entering Guyana.

David, who has no previous conviction and no other pending charges in Guyana, told the court he lives close to the border town, Lethem, and regularly comes to Guyana to spend time with his girlfriend.

David’s lawyer went on to explain the articles paid for at King’s Jewellery world were not handed over though the transaction was successful.

Singh said her client does not want to be a burden to the state and rather than impose a non-custodial sentence, her client should pay a fine and be escorted to the nearest port of entry.

The chief magistrate ordered David’s passport, credit card, and Brazil drivers license be returned to him.

  • RLSG

    Hope he got the engagement ring which he paid for with his credit card. Probably will not return to that forsaken country .. instead have your girlfriend travel to Brazil.

    • Pepie

      Forsaken country? seriously. He entered illegally.

      • rudeo

        what is the count of the parasitic Guyanese who enter other countries?….bullshit!

  • Henry Horton

    Stay in Brazil brother, for all it’s problems it’s far better than Guyana.

  • Richbird

    Didn’t he know that black people with credit cards in guyana automatically signals criminal to some people. Sad but true

  • PETER

    You sound like you are sucking the Donald Lollipop, you are just another ignorant wanna be redneck who voted a woman abuser and a pathetic liar into the White House, I await to hear your cries after his first 100 days in office, and don’t come running back to Guyana when he take away your civil rights your welfare and your food stamps and deport your stupid self.

    • Ah Nanimus

      You’re one of Hilary’s snowflakes? You sound like you need a therapy dog.