A convicted shoplifter, who is also at the centre of an immigration probe into multiple identities and nationalities, was Friday sent to the Psychiatric Hospital, Black Rock, St Michael for review and a report.
Alexis Charles of Cane Garden, St Thomas was back in court with Andrew Pilgrim, QC, standing as her attorney.
Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant approved an application by Pilgrim for the woman to be remanded at the hospital after she was initally ordered to go to HMP Dodds until August 10.
On Wednesday, Tyrone Sealy, an Immigration Officer attached to the Government department’s Investigating Unit, revealed that Charles had been issued with a Barbados passport under questionable circumstances.
Sealy told the court that even though the 32-year-old woman was in possession of a valid passport, the associated documentation did not reflect that a Barbados ID card had been submitted, as was required for the official travel document to be issued.
Sealy also informed the court that the name on the passport was not Alexis Charles, even though it was presented by the woman after she was caught stealing $38.65 worth of items from the Roxy Supermarket on Eagle Hall, St Michael.
To make matters worse, there was no record in the immigration system of the name, Hosanna Songs, which is contained in the official travel document that was issued on June 30, 2015 and expires in 2025. Sealy also told the court his department could not find any trace of Althea Charles – another name by which the accused woman is known. He went further still and submitted into evidence, an affidavit through which the St Thomas resident had intended to apply for a name change.
The Immigration Department is said to be pursuing the matter to the fullest.