Romanian muggers walk free.

Posted: June 26, 2010 in Law & Disorder

Three Romanian immigrants who mugged a pregnant woman at a cashpoint four years after being thrown out of Britain walked free from court.

IlieThe thieves barged into Angarad Marsh as she withdrew £200 on her way to a hospital appointment ahead of the birth of her first child. She had to cancel the check-up and later suffered a miscarriage.

Rahela Lingurar, 22, his brother Ion Lingurar, 20, and a 17-year-old accomplice were arrested after members of the public noted down the numberplate of their getaway car. All three have previous convictions for theft and Ion Lingurar was previously given a referral order for a robbery he committed at the age of just 14.

Prosecutor Martin Fox told the court that all three were removed from the UK in 2005. In 2007, Romania ascended into the European Union, granting visa free travel to its citizens. They were then able to return to the UK without risk of deportation.

All three pleaded guilty to theft but were spared jail by Judge Andrew Goymer.

The Lingurar brothers were sentenced to 32 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and 150 hours unpaid work. The 17-year-old, who cannot be named because of his age, was ordered to undergo a 12-month rehabilitation order.

Both Ion Lingurar and the 17-year-old were given three-month curfews, preventing them from going out between 8pm and 7am, to be monitored by electronic tagging, leaving them to rob people during daylight hours. All three defendants were given 12-month driving bans because they used a car to carry out the theft. As if they’re going to take any notice of that!

In addition, Ion Lingurar, who has already served 107 days in custody, was told to pay £200 in compensation to the victim, and £200 court costs. If he’s got any money that is.

Talking about foreigners

Seventeen illegal immigrants were found in a lorry at the Port of Dover suffering from exhaustion and dehydration.

The men were discovered at the Eastern Docks after banging was heard coming from the back of the vehicle and it was stopped. One of the men was taken to the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, while the other 16 were treated at the scene by ambulance staff and are currently with officers from the UK Border Agency. It is thought the men are aged between 16 to 35 years old but it is not known at this stage where they are from.
The 53-year-old Polish driver of the articulated lorry, which arrived in the UK on a Norfolkline ferry from Dunkirk in France, has been arrested and is now in police custody.


IlieUK Border Agency officers based in Calais have caught four stowaways trying to enter the UK by hiding in a lorry load of machine parts heading for the north east. When officers stopped and inspected the Italian registered vehicle they found that the trailer was unsecured, and a ‘body detection dog’ indicated that people were hiding inside the load. Four Eritrean nationals were discovered in the lorry, which was destined for an address on the North West Industrial Estate, Peterlee.

The stowaways were taken off the vehicle, photographed, refused entry to the UK and then handed over to the French authorities. The lorry was allowed to continue its journey to the UK.The haulier has been fined £3,000 (£750 for each stowaway) and the lorry driver, who is Serbian, £800 (£200 for each stowaway).

If that lot are lucky at their next attempt to get into the UK they will find our streets are paved with gold.

An asylum seeker bought three homes and sent her son to a fee-paying school by illegally claiming more than £700,000 in benefits. Mahira Rustam Al-Azawi, 49, used a series of false identities to rob Britain’s lax benefit system over eight years.

Although she never worked, she was able to purchase three properties – two of which she rented out – worth in excess of £1million. Her 18-year-old son was educated at Colfe’s School, in South-East London, where fees are currently £4,164 a term.

The fraud was uncovered only when Al-Azawi, from Iraq, successfully applied for a student loan to study civil engineering at Greenwich University. When police raided her £800,000 detached home in Bromley, they found an ‘Aladdin’s cave’ of false documents, including a selection of passports, identity papers and driving licences. She had converted the garage into an office and described herself to neighbours as an ‘internet entrepreneur’.

During her trial at Croydon Crown Court, it emerged that she had claimed for income support, housing and council tax benefits in her own name, as well as those of her cousin and mother. She also obtained two mortgages by claiming she was a self-employed businesswoman.

Judge Stephen Waller jailed Al-Azawi for three years after she was found guilty of 13 offences of benefit fraud, forgery and theft.

  1. Howard Thomas says:

    Judge Goymer …….perhaps ‘Gormless’ might be more to the point!

    And lets hope and assume that the woman who stole a fortune of OUR money has had all her dodgy aquistions taken away from her . May she rot in hell!

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