(CMR) A Caymanian woman arrested in Jamaica and charged with false declaration said her life has been turned upside down despite being freed of the charges on Thursday, 1 June.
Asseneth Thompson said her children have been in the Cayman Government's care, and she lost her government job after being arrested in Jamaica after photographs resembling her were used on two separate passport applications. Due to being out of a job, she could not pay her mortgage and has since lost her house.
According to the Jamaica Gleaner, Thompson was visiting Jamaica last December for a family reunion when the police went to the home she was staying and, showed her the photographs, and charged her with making false declarations.
There were reportedly two applications with photographs that bore a slight resemblance to Thompson. One application allegedly had Thompson's signature, and the other had a signature of a different name.
She was granted bail but could not go back to the Cayman Islands until the case was tried, the Gleaner reported. Thompson's attorney argued that, based on the evidence presented by the handwriting expert, Thompson should be freed.
The expert witness stated that the writings and signatures on the passport application forms were not made by Thompson. According to her lawyer, Thompson visited Jamaica on her British passport and did not apply for a Jamaican passport.
She was freed following the submissions by her lawyer.