A Filipino youth and his mother – a resident in Hong Kong – were sentenced in Shatin Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday to 16 days in jail, suspended for a year, after admitting to two immigration offenses.
Kei Romar Herrero pleaded guilty to a charge of “breach of condition of stay” for overstaying in the city for eight months after his visa expired, sunwebhk.com reported.
His mother, Ma Jeminni H. Schneider, pleaded guilty for “aiding, abetting, counseling or procuring the breach of condition of stay”.
Herrero arrived in Hong Kong on March 30 last year on a visitor visa and was allowed to stay until April 13, but the youth did not go home when his visa expired.
On December 27, the mother and son went to the Immigration Department to apply for a visa extension.
Officers found that he had overstayed and arrested him and his mother was arrested later for not reporting that her son had overstayed.
Their defense lawyer asked for a lenient sentence, saying that both mother and son had not seen each other for several years.
Magistrate Winnie Lau said that having lived in Hong Kong for many years the mother should have been aware that the law does not condone people who overstay on their visa. She said she considered the pair’s guilty plea and handed them both a discounted sentence of 16 days in prison suspended for 12 months.