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Prison and deportation for illegal worker

By Allan Preston

Published 02/03/2016

Immigration Enforcement officers, acting on intelligence, raided the restaurant to question staff on their right to live and work in the UK
Immigration Enforcement officers, acting on intelligence, raided the restaurant to question staff on their right to live and work in the UK

A Chinese man found to be working illegally in Northern Ireland has been sentenced to three months in jail.

Zu He Wen (40) was arrested on January 22 at the Ruby Palace Chinese restaurant on Belmore Street in Enniskillen, where he had been working as a chef.

Immigration Enforcement officers, acting on intelligence, raided the restaurant to question staff on their right to live and work in the UK.

Zu He Wen received his sentence on Monday at Enniskillen Magistrates' Court, where he pleaded guilty to a charge of entering the UK without leave.

Steps are to be taken to remove him from the country after he completes his sentence.

The sentencing follows another incident on February 18 that saw three Chinese men arrested at the Royal Thai restaurant on the Antrim Road in Glengormley.

The men - aged 50, 43 and 41 - were found to be working illegally and taken to a detention centre to await deportation.

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