18 May 2012
An Algerian man who was caught with three stolen mobile phones and a false Belgian ID card in the Ministry of Sound nightclub was given a suspended sentence.
Nassredine Zair, 33, was searched in the club on May 6 after a partygoer suspected that her iPhone had been snatched from her bag.
Although her phone was never found, the police seized three mobiles from him belonging to others, as well as the false ID card.
His solicitor told the court that Zair, who entered the UK as an asylum seeker, had been refused leave to remain but risked being persecuted if he was sent back to his country.
He said that the ID card was being used to help him get work on building sites. “He’s precisely the type of immigrant this country wants to encourage. He’s caught between a rock and a hard place,” he said.
Zair of Mornington Crescent, Hounslow, pleaded guilty to three counts of receiving stolen goods and one count of possessing a false identity document.
He was sentenced to eight weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for twelve months and ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work. He was also banned from the night club for six months.
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