Illegal immigrant tried to bring his fiancee to Wales with a passport photo that did not look like her
An illegal immigrant attempted to bring his fiancee to Wales – using the passport of a woman who bears little resemblance to him, a court has heard.
Federik Rexha, from Albania, faces deportation after being caught trying to get Anila Pecaku into the UK so that she can be with him in Newport, where he was living illegally on Rodney Road and working in a car wash.
Wearing a Boss hoodie, the 35-year-old appeared at Newport Crown Court on Wednesday. He was jailed for 15 months after admitting to breaking immigration law.
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Prosecutor Josh Scouller said another Albanian was arrested on October 20 last year using his own wife’s passport in an attempt to bring Ms Pecaku from Calais to the UK. Rexha had exchanged WhatsApp messages with this man to organize the crime.
âAll the officials realized that Ms. Pecaku was far too young to be the rightful owner of the passport,â Ms. Scouler said. âThere was a significant difference in appearance. Perhaps there was hope rather than expectation that the control was less than correct.
“Further investigations showed that Mr Rexha sent Moneygram payments to Ms Pecaku from September 2020 to July 2021. Police executed a search warrant at the Rodney Road address and found a fake Romanian driver’s license in name of Bogdan Bruma. “
When arrested, Rexha admitted to using a false Italian document to enter the UK in 2012. He was discovered and deported the next day. He also admitted to using false Albanian and Romanian pseudonyms in the UK in 2014. Rexha was deported again in 2016, but entered illegally again in 2018.
“He became emotional and upset while discussing Ms. Pecaku’s case with officers. He then accepted that he had devised a plan to bring Ms. Pecaku into the country illegally,” the prosecutor added.
Recorder Mark Powell said Rexha “shouldn’t be in this country in the first place” and questioned whether he should recommend deportation given that “he is likely to be deported anyway” .
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Although Rexha’s deportation was automatically triggered by a 12-month prison sentence, he would still have the option to seek asylum. Mr Scouler said the Home Office’s case would be strengthened in an asylum court if Recorder Powell were to recommend deportation.
Graeme Logan, mitigating, said: âThis is really a romantic motivational case. At the time Mr. Rexha was arrested, he had been in a relationship with Ms. Pecaku for about two years. During his stay here, he was working and not claiming There is no doubt that the Romanian driver’s license was used to help him get this job in the car washes where he was given cash.
“It is to his credit that he did not seek to hide his immigration background. He was only frank with me. He came to this country to find work and more recently to fire a party. of that money to his fiancÃ©e in Romania. “
The judge denied Mr. Logan’s request for a suspended prison sentence. He imposed an immediate 15-month prison sentence and made a recommendation for deportation.
Handing down the sentence, Recorder Powell said: âAttempting to evade border controls is an extremely serious offense which requires a jail term regardless of motivation.
âYou have not been a burden on the state. It is to your credit. However, I cannot ignore the fact that in 2012 you attempted to enter the country using a fake card. Italian identity and that in 2014 you were investigated by the police for criminal damage, released on bail and then disappeared.
“In 2016 you were deported again and it looks like you returned to this country illegally in 2018. I have come to the conclusion that if you have your freedom you risk going underground.”
The judge imposed a victim surcharge for victim services of Â£ 156.
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