Man caught with false passport to help secure UK residency jailed

Monday 05th January 2015 17:04 EST

Kelvinder Singh Basrah, 50, came to the UK in 2002, but stayed in the country after his visa expired. He has since married an EU citizen and has two children, Leicester Crown Court was told.
Basrah, of Bowhill Grove, Thurnby Lodge, Leicester, pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing an identity document with improper intention, knowing it was false, between September and December 2012.
Neil Bannister, prosecuting, said that immigration officers visited the defendant’s home on December 9 last year when he was arrested on suspicion of obtaining false UK passports.
In 2000 he had obtained a passport in the false name of Harbinger Singh Basrah, using a false birth certificate and through various name changes he then obtained a second passport which he had already used for travel and also a driving licence.
Basrah, who was had the proceedings translated by a Punjabi interpreter, appeared in court via a live video link from HMP Leicester, where he has been on remand in custody since December 10.
He wept as Judge Nicholas Dean QC passed sentence.
Basrah was told he was likely to be released “in a few days’ time” because of time already served on remand.

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