Magistrates have fined a man who was found in possession of a fake resident permit whilst being searched at Newport Police Station.
Anthony Kwaramba, 40, of Whitelaw Road in Southampton, was arrested and booked into custody on unrelated matters on 2nd January this year.
Liz Miller, prosecuting, explained to the court that officers located the immigration pass in Kwaramba’s wallet during a search of his possessions. The card stated he had indefinite leave until 2029. However, when Police searched the national computer it was flagged up that he was actually facing deportation.
The Home Office was contacted and confirmed that the pass was in fact a forgery. The 40-year-old’s immigration status expired in 2014.
Kwaramba was interviewed and he admitted that he knew the permit was a fake. He appeared in court today (Tuesday) and pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.
Defending, Mr Osborne said that his client has purchased the forgery because he was embarrassed at being stopped in the street when he was with his family – his wife and 2 children – and being asked for his ID.
The court heard that Kwaramba is a carer for his wife, who has mental health issues. The family are in receipt of benefits as their sole income.
Magistrates fined Anthony Kwarmba £120 and ordered him to pay £85 costs with a £34 surcharge.
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