Man Fined $2800 For Escaping From Customs

March 11, 2015

Appearing in Magistrates Court this morning [Mar 11], a 21-year-old man convicted of running away from the airport and jumping overboard was ordered  to pay fines of just over $2,800.

In Luke Lindo’s previous Court appearance in January, he admitted that in December 2014 he had run from a Customs officer, out of the airport building, jumped overboard, and swam to the area of Grotto Bay Hotel.

Mr Lindo hid out, and then turned himself in to police. The evidence offered by the Prosecutor at that time was that Bermuda Customs had been alerted to Mr Lindo and were in the process of organizing a detailed personal search of Mr Lindo’s baggage and his body.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo  rejected the Prosecutor’s call for a sentence of 4 -6 weeks in jail, rejected the Defence call for a Conditional Discharge and fined Mr Lindo just over $2,800.

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  1. Grizz says:

    that was an expensive swim

  2. Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

    ok…so…there was really no case to answer to except, running from a customs officer…$2,800 for running…hmmm…i hope the fine was sufficient enough to cover the cost of this case, if not…then i suggest the incompetent border patrol agent, holding a position encompassing national security be footed with the bill.

  3. King Jammys says:

    Magistrate is sending the wrong message to the swallowers. Should of received a substantial sentence to deter copycats.

  4. Truth is killin' me... says:

    Are you kidding me! That fine is a JOOOOKE!! Now drug mules will rather run and pay the fine and the drug dealers will add the fine to the mules pay!!!

    • Time Shall Tell says:

      They can only sentence him on what they can prove, they found no drugs so they can’t sentence him for drugs. Since it has never been proven that it was indeed drugs that he was trying to import it’s only your opinion that drugs were involved & a person shouldn’t be convicted on opinion alone. Do I think drugs where involved? More then likely but just like you it’s only my opinion not what I can prove.

      • Truth is killin' me... says:

        Then increase the fine to $30,000 for evading the authorities and leaving the arrivals hall without being processed.

  5. Unreal says:

    Wow what a complete and utter joke.

  6. Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

    people are always ready to grill the little white grunt trying to survive while the big kingfish just sail on by…tsk tsk.

  7. over seas says:

    Some Bermudians should Just keep their mouth shut!!

  8. Legal Eagle says:

    So the Magistrate’s sentence actually ENCOURAGES rather than deters this escape hatch/technique!– as simply ‘the cost of doing illicit business’! Sad! Hope the Crown appeals as the last thing BDA needs are Magistrates indirerectly encouraging the drug trade!!