AN illegal immigrant has been caught out by fingerprint technology on the first day that a new identity card centre for foreign nationals opened.
Ranjit Singh, a 33-year-old Indian male, from Caddington in Luton had applied to the UK Border Agency to stay in the country on the basis of a common law relationship with a British citizen. He was required to attend the new centre in Solihull, on December 8.
He was electronically fingerprinted and this showed a possible match with a failed asylum seeker also called Ranjit Singh, aged 23. The UK Border Agency’s fingerprint specialists confirmed that the two ‘Mr Singhs’ were one and the same person despite the different dates of birth.
Singh was arrested and taken to Solihull Police Station where he admitted he had previously made a bogus asylum application with a date of birth ten years younger than he actually was.
He was charged with the offence of seeking leave to remain in the UK by deception and appeared before Solihull Magistrates on December 9 where he pleaded guilty. He was remanded in custody until January 8 2009 when he will be sentenced at Warwick Crown Court.