The man who stole a boat from Antigua and landed in St. Kitts had two charges pending in Antigua courts.
David Smith had been living in Antigua for a few years and is said to be a fugitive from justice.
He is alleged to have burnt a woman’s vehicle earlier this year and was charged in that matter.
He made an appearance in All Saints Magistrate’s Court and was released on bail before skipping this country.
Smith then stole a boat from the St. John’s Harbour on May 11 and fled to St. Kitts & Nevis has been charged by the police in that country.
The lawmen have issued a press release indicating that 27-year-old David Smith was arrested and charged, on May 28 and 31, with offences related to his illegal entry.
He now faces charges of entering a port that is not recognized as an appropriate port of entry and of entering the Federation without permission of the Ministry of National Security.
Smith was also charged by the Customs and Excise Department for failing to file a declaration with a proper officer; arriving in the Federation in a vessel at a place other than a notified place by a Customs officer; failure to report directly to a Customs or a police officer upon arrival into the Federation; and failure to produce a certificate of clearance.
He has been placed on remand at Her Majesty’s Prison in St. Kitts pending the outcome of his cases.
Initially, he was quarantined after being detained by the police, and reportedly was released last week after testing negative for the COVID-19 virus.
On May 10, the Fisheries Division in Antigua put out a notice indicating that a boat had been stolen from the Perry Bay pier. The next day, Smith – a native of the Federation – was seen with a suitcase, leaving Lime Kiln Bay in St. Kitts, after disembarking from a boat.