Illegal Turk told: ‘I am afraid this is the end of your adventure’

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court

A Turkish man deported from the UK returned two years later and was found with false ID, living and working in Fleetwood.

Ramazan Koc claimed to be a Bulgarian when immigration officers paid an enforcement visit to the Golden Star takeaway on Lord Street. He had a stolen passport and a false ID card.

A court heard that having previously been refused asylum here, Koc had returned to make money and get medical treatment for a long-term health problem.

He has been given a 12 month prison term, which will mean his deportation again, by a judge who told him: “This is the end of your adventure, I’m afraid, in this country”.

The 30-year-old pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court on Tuesday to four offences of possessing a false document with intent. The charges covered periods between October 2008 and January 2011 and January 2011 to January this year.

Joseph Allman, prosecuting, said immigration officers visited the Fleetwood takeaway on January 9. They spoke to Koc who was working there.

He identified himself as Minko Alenko and produced a Bulgarian ID card and Bulgarian passport. He persisted in his claim until it was shown that the passport number belonged to one that had been reported stolen in August 2009.

At that stage Koc revealed his true identity and the fact he was a Turkish national.

Mr Allman said the defendant had previously made an application to the Home Office for asylum in 2000.

In 2006 he was found working in a kebab house in Welshpool and deported in November of that year.

Koc admitted having re-entered the UK in November 2008, having bought the false documents from a Bulgarian man for 2,250 Euros in Istanbul.

He had then returned to this country to make money and seek medical treatment, using the false documents.

Since then he had been working “cash in hand”, he said.

Daniel Harman, defending, said Koc had made full and frank admissions in interview and pleaded guilty at an early stage. He was being held by the immigration services and would be deported in due course.

The offences had arisen out of desperation.

Mr Harman told the court “In many ways, these cases are always somewhat sad on the one hand, that people have to stoop to that sort of level.

“We are generally very lucky. We have a proper administration of justice, the police and health service.

“Not everybody is that fortunate.

“Morally, who can blame people for trying to better themselves?”

He said Koc had no intention of coming back to the UK.

Judge Pamela Badley told Koc she understood he wanted to better himself and get help for a long term health problem. She said “I have to uphold the law.”

“Although there is free movement of individuals within the EU, your country isn’t a member of the EU.”