Middlesbrough man now allowed leave to stay

Teesside Crown Court

Teesside Crown Court

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A MAN who used a false passport and national insurance card to secure a job cannot be deported as the authorities do not know where he originally comes from, a court was told.

Tony Williams' original status had been in dispute ever since he entered the country ten years ago using a bogus identity document, Teesside Crown Court heard.

The 34-year-old was arrested after by police after he began working at a food processing plant on Teesside.

He produced a Nigerian passport and a national insurance card as proof of his eligibility to work. But the passport contained a number of counterfeit stamps and the card number was printed using an incorrect typeface and in fact belonged to someone else.

Prosecuting, Rachel Masters said Williams had been jailed for nine months after entering the UK in October 2004 with a German identity document which was also was false.

After his release he claimed asylum, which was turned down, but continued to appeal until his rights were exhausted.

Ms Masters said that from June 2005 Williams continued to live in the UK effectively as an illegal immigrant and had only recently been allowed leave to remain.

She said: “His nationality remains in dispute which means he cannot be removed from the UK.”

Williams, of Maple Street, Middlesbrough, admitted two counts of possessing false ID documents.

Barrister Duncan McReddie said he had been exploited by another man who secured his employment, but took half his wages and a deduction for his rent.

He said: “He is not here to sponge off society and has been working in a proper job.”

Recorder Paul Camp said he had considered jailing Williams, but instead gave him a 12 month prison sentence, suspended for a year.

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6:52pm Fri 28 Mar 14

punkrocker says...

another illegal just let off.
another illegal just let off. punkrocker
  • Score: 7

6:56pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Jackaranda says...

This country really is a busted flush!!
This country really is a busted flush!! Jackaranda
  • Score: 6

10:54pm Fri 28 Mar 14

diga says...

How can he gave been given leave to remain when no-one knows his background?? If he hasn't got a national insurance number then he can't be paying tax. If he won't reveal his correct identity then surely he should be detained either in prison or a detention centre? Or check out where he came from last and return him to that country for deportation....
How can he gave been given leave to remain when no-one knows his background?? If he hasn't got a national insurance number then he can't be paying tax. If he won't reveal his correct identity then surely he should be detained either in prison or a detention centre? Or check out where he came from last and return him to that country for deportation.... diga
  • Score: 7

11:05pm Fri 28 Mar 14

stevegg says...

This countries immigration laws are farcical and exploited by every human rights lawyer and illegal immigrant. No wonder the UK is the destination of choice for every economic MALE migrant under 30, the worlds criminals, low lifes, organised gangs, scroungers etc who know once they are in they are untouchable and will never be deported no matter what they do, even murder as our soft touch justice system and liberal laws give them all the rights. No other country in the world allows this to happen so why do we?
This countries immigration laws are farcical and exploited by every human rights lawyer and illegal immigrant. No wonder the UK is the destination of choice for every economic MALE migrant under 30, the worlds criminals, low lifes, organised gangs, scroungers etc who know once they are in they are untouchable and will never be deported no matter what they do, even murder as our soft touch justice system and liberal laws give them all the rights. No other country in the world allows this to happen so why do we? stevegg
  • Score: 11

12:03pm Sat 29 Mar 14

David Lacey says...

Daily Mirror, Guardian, Labour, LibDums, Tories, Civil Service, Judges, Magistrates. I'm sure that there are more names to be added to this list.
Daily Mirror, Guardian, Labour, LibDums, Tories, Civil Service, Judges, Magistrates. I'm sure that there are more names to be added to this list. David Lacey
  • Score: -1

10:41pm Sat 29 Mar 14

bambara says...

Stick him in jail until he tells you were he's from. It is surely a case of contempt of court to refuse to confirm his identity. On that basis until he gives details and apologises for the contempt he should simply go to jail.
Stick him in jail until he tells you were he's from. It is surely a case of contempt of court to refuse to confirm his identity. On that basis until he gives details and apologises for the contempt he should simply go to jail. bambara
  • Score: 2

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