Two illegal immigrants working at a Leicester dye works who were arrested by the immigration officers in a raid of the Colours Dyers UK Ltd, in Greenhithe Road, Aylestone, have each been sentenced to serve six months in the prison.
Leicester Crown Court heard that the two had both produced forged passports to support their claim that they had a rights to work in the UK when they had applied for work in May last year. Both of them were carrying forged EU passports with them.
In March 21 this year the management of the company had taken photocopies of the passports and shown it to the immigration officers on March 21 this year. Vipan Kumar (34), of Dundonald Road, Belgrave, Leicester, admitted possessing a false Italian passport with improper intent.
He claimed to have bought it for £250 because he needed work.
Victoria Rose, prosecuting, said Kumar told officers he was smuggled into the UK in the back of a lorry in 2004.
The court was told that Kumar was going to face deportation at the end of his sentence.
Immigration solicitor mitigating for Kumar said, that his client was an economic migrant but had not used the forged documents to enter the country. Though he was working under a false name he had been paying taxes. He was paying his way and did not want to be a burden to the UK.
The lawyer added that his client had been co operating with the authorities and he wished to return to India where his elderly mother stays with his brother.
In a separate hearing, Surjit Singh (32), of Devana Road, Highfields, Leicester, admitted possessing a false Spanish passport with improper intent.
Prosecutor Miss Rose said that, in interview, Singh told UK immigration officers that he entered the country illegally in 1999 and purchased the passport for £400.
He said though he knew its consequences he had to do it for the sake of getting employment.
Immigration solicitor for Singh, said his client was seeking to persuade the authorities not to deport him because he has family members in Leicester. His cousin was in court and Singh was sorry for the trouble he's caused.
Judge Simon Hammond said the question of deportation in Singh's case was "a decision for the Home Office".
He said there was a huge public concern about people who come to the UK illegally.
It must be understood if they come here illegally and use false documents they are likely to go to prison..