Immigrant deported for attack

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AN ILLEGAL immigrant will be deported after racially assaulting a police officer and claiming over £3,000 in benefits he was not entitled too.

At a trial at Wigan Magistrates Court, Sangar Salim-Ahmed, of Manor Street, Newtown, pleaded guilty to making a false statement to obtain benefits and racially aggravated common assault.

The court heard how Salim-Ahmed, 24, fraudulently filled in forms that allowed him to claim £3,060.94 in jobseekers allowance. When he it was discovered by the Department for Work and Pensions, he was arrested at the Wigan Jobcentre Plus in Brocol House on King Street, Wigan.

Whilst being arrested he twice spat in the face of the arresting police officer and shouted racial abuse, including: “I will kill you English, I will kill all you English.”

Prosecuting, Katie McFarlane said: “When he (Salim-Ahmed) applied for a national insurance number he showed Italian documents and signed to say he was Italian. Then when he applied for Jobseekers allowance a few months later he listed himself as Iraqi.

“Due to the investigation into his claims an officer was asked to attend the Jobcentre in Wigan to arrest Salim-Ahmed. As he was doing so he was racially abused and spat at twice.”

The court heard that Salim-Ahemd was awaiting the results of an asylum application in Italy when he illegally entered the UK in April 2008. He had previously being deported twice by the UK Border Agency for entering the country illegally in 2007 and 2008 after trying to get into the UK at Dover.

Defending Salim-Ahmed, Karen Schofield said: “He is an Iraqi national who entered the country believing his Italian travel card meant he could work and travel around Europe.

“The person who helped him fill in his applications for Jobseekers allowance and a national insurance number obviously thought his application was in order, as did he.

“When he was arrested he was scared and fearful and did not know why he was being arrested. He apologised straight away for his actions and knows he will now be deported.”

Sentencing Salim-Ahmed, the magistrate said: “A severe deterrent sentence is needed in this case and you are a man who has been deported on two previous occasions. You knew you deliberately tried to claim benefits you were not entitled too and racially assaulted an officer in the course of his duty.”

Salim Ahmed was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, after which he will be remanded in custody by the UK Border Agency to await deportation.