Twenty-six-year-old Yeney Batista Villalba had pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that between February 5 last and August 2, last, at Georgetown, she failed to comply with conditions subject to which a permit was granted to stay in Guyana beyond a one-month period.
The Chief Magistrate had released the woman on $20,000 bail last Monday and instructed her to return to court today. This is after her lawyer had told the court that his client was in possession of an extension letter from the Department of Citizenship. The magistrate had adjourned the matter to today after the Prosecution had asked for time to verify the authenticity of the document.
However, this morning when the matter was called, the court was informed that the document was forged. Hence, the Chief Magistrate revoked the woman’s bail and remanded her to prison until August 22.
According to information, the woman, who resides at 72 Robb Street, Georgetown with her boyfriend, came to Guyana on a visitor’s visa. It was only recently the police contacted the woman and they observed that she had overstayed her time in the country. Hence, she was charged with the offence.