High Court fineA German national is learning the hard way that it is not a good idea to overstay in Dominica.

Thomas Steinbach who claimed to have mistaken a two-week stay for two months pleaded guilty to that offense when he appeared before a Roseau court on July 31, 2014.

According to the facts revealed by Police Prosecutor, Corporal David Andrew (Jr.), at about 3:20 pm on July 28, officers of the Drug Squad were on duty at Woodfordhill area when they noticed two men walking and became suspicious.

One of the men was Steinbach and he was approached asked if he had any illegal drugs in his possession to which he replied “no”.

Police then searched a bag which he had in his possession and noticed it contained a large sum of money.

He then explained to the police that he was spending time at a friend’s place at Woodfordhill.

The German national’s passport and it was noticed that he was given two weeks stay in the country on June 7, 2014.

He was told that it was an offense to overstay in a country and was arrested.

On July 30,2014, further checks were made at the immigration department and it was confirmed that Steinbach had actually overstayed on the island.

Attorney-at-Law Wayne Norde who represented Steinbach told the court that his client had mistaken his two weeks stay for a two-month stay and if he had known, he would have gotten an extension.

He stated further that his client is very remorseful, so he asked to be lenient on him.

“He loves Dominica,” Norde said.

“I have taken into account that you pleaded guilty and did not waste the court’s time,” Chief Magistrate Candia Carrette-George said.

The matter is adjourned to August 5,2014 in order for the prosecution to review an application to have Steinbach deported.

He was also fined $2,000 which if failed to pay he goes to jail for four months.