Japanese Woman Jailed in Antigua After Confrontation with Police at Airport
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Wednesday February 7, 2018 – A Japanese woman who was involved in a confrontation with Customs officers and police when she arrived in Antigua and Barbuda earlier this week will now spend some time behind bars in the twin-island nation.
Masayo Goto, 57, was sentenced when she appeared in court today and pleaded guilty to charges of battery on police, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
She was sentenced to 14 days on the battery charge, 14 days on the charge of resisting arrest, and seven days for the disorderly conduct.
According to police, Goto arrived at the V.C Bird International Airport on Monday aboard a Caribbean Airlines flight from Jamaica, and refused to be searched during a routine check. Narcotics and K-9 officers, who were also on duty at the airport, rushed to the assistance of their law enforcement colleagues, and the Japanese national kicked, screamed and behaved in a disorderly manner.
When her bags were searched, nothing of interest was found.
Goto was subsequently taken into custody and charged.
As a result of her prison sentence, she missed a scheduled flight to St Vincent today.