Two sentenced for immigration offences

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A man and his girlfriend who brought people to the UK illegally have been sentenced at Caernarfon Crown Court.

Dean Hickey, 29, and his girlfriend Nisjeta Papa, 29, pleaded guilty to helping two people enter the UK illegally, while Hickey admitted a third offence where he brought four non EU citizens in his car from the Republic of Ireland to Holyhead. They did not have the relevant visas to enter the country legally.

Hickey was stopped on 13 October last year by Border Force Officers. Their investigation discovered that there had been two earlier trips where non EU citizens had accompanied Hickey and Papa into the UK.

Angela Narey from the CPS said: “The illegal trafficking of people across borders, in any way, is an extremely serious matter.

“The CPS was able to build a strong case based on this investigation, and it resulted in guilty pleas.

“We will continue to work with the Immigration authorities, bringing cases to Court where possible.”

Dean Hickey was sentenced to 22 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, was ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and forfeit 400 Euros.

Nisjeta Papa received 18 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, and was also ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

Notes to editors

  • Angela Narey is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS Cymru-Wales
  • Dean Hickey (DOB: 4/11/89) pleaded guilty to 3 x assisting unlawful immigration
  • Nisjeta Papa (DOB:8/9/89) pleaded guilty to 2 x assisting unlawful immigration
  • Sentence took place on 11 March 2019.

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