What a soft country we have become for foreigners, I blogged yesterday about a tasered old woman who flipped and stabbed her husband and was put on remand, anyway in January two Polish men were stopped coming through the port of Dover in a Ford Transit smuggling explosives used in anti-tank mines and banned gun parts which could be assembled into an assault rifle.
Pretty serious stuff eh, especially with Queen’s Jubilee and Olympics coming up, can’t be though as they were both given bail. Can you ‘Adam and Eve’ (believe) that! The explosives were blown up on Margate beach, perhaps Chas and Dave could write a song about it,‘Blown up in Margate’.
Luckily for the authorities the pair returned from Poland, the smugglers not Chas and Dave, for their court appearance only to be given unconditional bail until their next appearance.
Talking about Polish criminals
A Polish couple living in Dudley, West Midlands have been arrested over the alleged murder of a woman in Holland 10 years ago after human remains were found at a campsite.
Darius Majchrzak, 39, and Samea Kubiak, 35, are accused of killing Paulina Starczewska, 21 pictured. They are also accused of then burying her underneath a caravan at a site on the outskirts of Amsterdam.
The couple, who have three children and now live in Dudley, left Holland for France in 2000, before moving to the UK six years ago. You just don’t know who you are living next door to these days do you?. They were arrested on May 14th after police were called to a domestic incident outside their home in Occupation Road, Dudley.
West Midlands Police worked with Interpol and the Serious and Organised Crime Agency and the couple were further arrested under the Extradition Act on suspicion of the murder. They both appeared in custody yesterday at Westminster Magistrates Court at the start of extradition proceedings.
Three West Midlands Police detectives went on a ‘jolly’ to Holland as part of a joint investigation with Dutch authorities, who re-opened the case into the disappearance of Miss Starczewska. Her mother reported her missing in August 2002, but the case remained unsolved.
Police in Amsterdam later found the remains of a woman at the Het Rietveen camp site in Landsmeer, outside Amsterdam.
Majchrzak and Kubiak were living at the campsite at the time of the alleged murder. After her arrest Kubiak told detectives Majchrzak killed Miss Starczewska in early 2000 at the campsite. Kubiak, who is eight months pregnant, was remanded in custody until June 2nd. Majchrzak was remanded in custody until June 12th.
Quick round up of foreigners taking us for mugs
Two men who are thought to have made more than £800,000 from an immigration scam were jailed on 21th May for a total of 11 years. Registered solicitor Srinath Aredla, 39, and Santosh Koletti, 33, both of Shelley Crescent in Hounslow, set up three bogus companies which were fronts to help people remain in the UK illegally.
The companies, Powerstream Employment Ltd, Aspire Employment Solutions Ltd and Synapse Solutions Ltd, had Koletti listed as their director. They would issue payslips and wage payments to their clients this would then be used to support applications to stay in the UK as highly skilled migrants.
Midway through their trial at Isleworth Crown Court, Aredla and Koletti changed their pleas and admitted charges of conspiracy to defraud. They were sentenced to 6½ and 4½ years in prison respectively by a judge at the same court on Monday 21st March.
A Nigerian woman, yes another Nigerian fraudster, who arranged for fellow African nationals to travel illegally around Europe was jailed for 2 years on 18th May.
The 33-year-old, who gave her name as Oluwaytin Oshodi, pleaded guilty to eight charges at Woolwich Crown Court, seven of assisting unlawful immigration within the EU and one of possession of fraudulent identity documents. Oshodi, whose exact identification is unknown, was arrested at her home address in Brownhill Road, London, on 29th February this year.
UKBA officers had been led to the address after two Nigerian nationals, Richard Aboro, aged 35, and Sandra Njaka, aged 23 were arrested at Stansted airport on 4th February as they attempted to board a flight to Tours in France using fake British passports. Checks revealed that their tickets had been purchased by Oshod and she had made five other bookings for African nationals to travel out of Stansted to Valencia using fake travel documents.
Aboro and Njaka were both jailed for 12 months in April when they pleaded guilty to charges of possessing false identity documents. They had both been in the UK on valid visitors visas at the time of their arrest.
Another scamming couple
A husband and wife who were found with more than £300,000 cash hidden in their home have been given jail sentences for being involved in an immigration scam which sought to help people to stay in the UK illegally.
Indian national Vijay Sorthia, 35, an accredited immigration advisor who ran a firm named Migration Gurus based on High Street, Wealdstone, was arrested by officers from the UK Border Agency’s West London criminal and financial investigation team in May 2010 at his home in Langland Crescent, Stanmore. His wife Bhawna, 31, who claimed to be employed as a cleaner by Migration Gurus, was arrested 1 month later.
The couple later skipped police bail and fled to India. They were re-arrested upon their return to the UK in September 2011. What do I always say about giving bail to foreign criminals?
On 15th May 2012 a jury at Isleworth crown court found them both guilty of fraud charges. Vijay was sentenced to 10 years in prison and his wife for 15 months.
TB check on foreigners entering the UK
About time too considering our school children are no longer being immunised and haven’t been for years. Tuberculosis is currently at its highest level in the UK for 30 years. Figures show that there were over 9,000 new cases of TB in the UK in 2011, a 5% increase on 2010. Research shows non-UK born people accounted for three quarters of all new TB cases diagnosed, 20 times higher than in the UK born population.
A pre-entry tuberculosis (TB) screening programme has been announced Immigration Minister Damian Green yesterday. The new measures mean migrants wanting to enter the UK for more than 6 months, from 67 countries with a high incidence of TB, will need to be screened before they are granted a visa for the UK. Hmmm, how long before some astute criminal starts producing fake TB clear certificates.