Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Baby smugglers get jail terms cut

The Court of Appeal has cut jail terms handed to a childless couple involved in smuggling an abandoned African baby into Britain
The Court of Appeal has cut jail terms handed to a childless couple involved in smuggling an abandoned African baby into Britain

Appeal judges have cut jail terms handed to a childless couple involved in smuggling an abandoned African baby into Britain and passing him off as their own.

Raymonde Miessan, 39, and husband Kacou, 45 - who come from the Ivory Coast but live in Ashford, Kent - had earlier this year admitted assisting unlawful immigration and each been given a 12-month jail term by a judge at Canterbury Crown Court.

But the Court of Appeal cut both prison terms to five months following a hearing in London.

Three judges said the couple's motive had been to adopt a child and there was no suggestion of trafficking.

The little boy - now in local authority care - had been illegally brought into the UK from Africa about two years ago after being abandoned.

Appeal judges said the evidence showed that he had been well cared for by the couple prior to authorities discovering the truth.

They said the couple could be identified in media reports - but the little boy should not be named.

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