Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Briton, ‘temporary’ immigrant convicted of breaching court order banning him from Europe

Wayne Couzens, a contractor and temporary worker from Calais who came to the U.K. to work as a builder, was sentenced on Monday to 12 months in prison after he breached a court order banning him from the continent.

Mr. Couzens, who works for Gabriel Elmosnino, a Briton who has faced multiple legal proceedings in the past, held a U.K. registration document allowing him to work in the country as a temporary worker.

The court order imposed two years ago said that he was forbidden from visiting mainland Europe. But in December, he crossed the Channel to France, where he was detained after he entered the country illegally.

The judge at the Old Bailey said he had “grated a few lines” on his condition and allowed him to return to Britain without imposing a curfew. He was, however, ordered to complete a rehabilitation activity requirement to look at the “root causes” of immigration crime.

After Mr. Couzens’ arrest, he admitted to ignoring the restriction and being in breach of an order made by the British government.

Emma Dent Coad, a Labour Member of Parliament for the Westminster South constituency, said on Twitter: “Clearly holding a temporary U.K. passport is a breach of the border order signed off by the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.

“This conviction, and the sentencing, should send a strong message to EU migrants to be wary of breaching restrictions.”

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