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An illegal immigrant with false documents sentenced for 12 months (2 January 2013)

Date: 02/01/2013
Duncan Lewis, Legal News Solicitors, An illegal immigrant with false documents sentenced for 12 months

An Albanian illegal immigrant who was caught with forged papers has been jailed for 12 months after pleading guilty to having a fake Italian passport and driving license he awaits deportation after serving his sentence.
Femi Xhura, 38, was caught by a Border Agency officer at the port of Holyhead, Anglesey with the forged papers which he acquired for 400 Euros in Albania.
Prosecutor Ian Evans told Caernarfon Crown Court yesterday that Xhura, who had pleaded guilty, was hoping to go to Dublin on December 14.
While searching his luggage, however, investigators also found Xhura’s Albanian passport revealing his true identity.
Mr Evans said Xhura had been in the UK for 45 days and had come in search for work.
Defence lawyer said that Xhura was a mechanical engineer who was qualified and educated but was unable to find a job in his country.
He had hoped to earn money to send home to his wife but he could not find a job in London and had decided to return to Albania by flying from Dublin to Nice but was caught before he could do.
The defence lawyer said that Xhura was aware that he had done wrong and he was apologetic and was in a stage where he wanted to go home.
Judge Merfyn Hughes QC said crossing borders with illegal papers was a serious offence.
He gave Xhura full credit for his early guilty plea which reduced his sentence by a third.
Jailing him for 12 months, Judge Hughes said Xhura would then be automatically deported at the end of his sentence.
He also ordered Xhura to pay a statutory surcharge of £100 which will come out of any earnings he makes.

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