Albanians caught with false passports at Fishguard are jailed
9:53am Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
Two Albanians who thought they could smuggle themselves into the UK by using Fishguard harbour have been jailed, along with the man who helped them.
Aleksander Cota, 27, and Rudin Kaca, 21, were jailed for 12 months for possessing false passports.
Kaca's cousin, Luan Kaca, 31, was jailed for 20 months for assisting unlawful immigration.
All the charges were admitted.
Jim Davis, prosecuting, told Swansea crown court on Tuesday that Luan Kaca held a British passport and ran a successful car repair firm in Cardiff.
His cousin and his friend wanted to get into the UK to work.
On March 29 Kaca drove his Citroen onto the 2.45am ferry from Fishguard to Rosslare, having booked a single ticket.
In Rosslare he immediately turned around and caught the return ferry, with Rudin Kaca and Cota aboard.
In Fishguard they were "screened" by Border Agency officials. Rudin Kaka and Cota produced Greek passports in different names.
Officials soon realised they were not Greek and that the passports were false.
A search of the Citroen revealed that the pair's real, Albanian passports had been sewn into the lining of Cota's backpack.
Officials also found a quantity of cash hidden in a hat.
During questioning, Rudin Kaca said they had travelled from Albania via Poland, Berlin and Cork, in the hope of finding well paid jobs and sending money back to their families.
Judge Peter Heywood said he had to deter others from undermining the integrity of the passport system, which must be maintained in the interests of national security.
He confiscated Luan Kaca's Citroen, which will be sold and the money kept by the state, because it had been used in crime.
Judge Heywood said Rudin Kaca and Cota would be deported after they had served their sentences.