At Warwick Crown Court 28-year-old Maref
, of no fixed address, was jailed for nine months after pleading guilty to seeking to obtain leave to remain in the UK by deception.
Maref (28), of no fixed address, but who had been living in Walsall, was jailed for nine months after pleading guilty to seeking to obtain leave to remain in the UK by deception.
'He arrived on a lorry via the Eurotunnel to Dover in June last year and on June 9 he claimed asylum, giving his details as Rashid Maref with a date of birth in May 1974.'
Maref was granted temporary release under the care of the National Asylum Seekers Support Service and was given subsistence and accommodation in Walsall.
Mark Knowles, defending, said Maref's first asylum claim had been genuine, and he had made the second one out of desperation at a time when he had no accommodation, his subsistence vouchers had ceased, and he was not allowed to work.
Mr Knowles, who said Maref knew the likely outcome of the court hearing, added: 'Not speaking any English, his time in custody will be doubly difficult.'
Steve Cornick, P.Eng., Member; Wahid Maref
, Ph.D., P.Eng., Member; Fitsum Tariku, Ph.D., P.Eng., National Research Council Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada