TWO men who fled Bangladesh in search of a better life in Britain have been jailed for working illegally in a Flintshire takeaway.
One had paid £10,000 to make the journey to the UK with a false passport and the other was sending home his wages to pay his sick parents’ medical bills, Mold Crown Court heard.
Judge Niclas Parry told them: “There is great concern in this country about who crosses the border. There is great public concern about who has jobs in this country and the system collapses when people like you break the law with false documents.
You knew full well what you were doing and were prepared to take the risk.”
Shabbir Ahmed, 34, pleaded guilty to possession of a false passport and falsely telling the owner of the Ambia Indian takeaway in Queensferry that he was entitled to work in the UK, between July 14 and August 24.
Shamin Ahmed, 32, also pleaded guilty to two similar offences between August 15 and August 24.
David Mainstone, prosecuting, said the two men had produced photocopies of passports suggesting they were eligible to work when they got jobs at the food outlet. Both were discovered during an inspection by immigration officers.
Mr Mainstone said Shabbir Ahmed had been refused legal entry from Bangladesh but entered the country in 2004 after paying £10,000 for a false passport.
Shamin Ahmed had entered the country in 2008 on a two-year work visa, stayed on illegally and paid £200 for his false documents.
Debra White, for Shabbir Ahmed, said: “He understands he has committed a criminal offence.
“He intends to apply for asylum but he understands he will probably be returned to Bangladesh.” Oliver King, for Shamin Ahmed, said: “He worked for two years and was able to send money home to his parents who are both diabetic and his father was suffering kidney failure.
“By 2010 his work visa had expired but his parents were still ill and his father needed dialysis.
“He was living here in poverty while sending money back to pay their medical bills.”
The judge sentenced both men to six months in prison after which they would be placed in the hands of the authorities and would likely face deportation.