American visitor released after nine weeks on remand
An American woman who has been on remand for the past nine weeks was today released into the custody of immigration officers.
Priya Nandita Pooran, who is recorded as having no fixed place of abode was charged with running up an $810.75 bill at the Courtyard by Marriott in Christ Church and using a debit card linked to an empty account to pay for it.
Pooran, who is said to be an attorney-at-law, was remanded to HMP Dodds on May 4 after she failed to find a Barbadian lawyer willing to represent her or someone to sign her bail.
The 42-year-old woman had previously pleaded not guilty to the alleged offence, which took place sometime between April 30 and May 2.
However, when her case came up for hearing this afternoon in the number No 1 District ‘A’ Court, Guest Care Manager at the Courtyard by Marriott Deidre Greene told Magistrate Douglas Frederick they were no longer interested in pursuing the case.
“We recognize that Miss Pooran does not have the means to pay,” Greene told the court under oath.
Asked by Frederick whether she wanted to say anything, Pooran first shook her head, then said, “no”.
Frederick went on: “Not even to say thank you or anything like that?”
Pooran replied: “It’s been quite a horrible ordeal, I would rather say nothing at all.”
An immigration officer was then called to the witness box and he revealed that Pooran arrived in the country on April 12 on a seven day visit but was granted a six month stay.
The case against her was then dismissed.