Ember-Jade Wong defends in case involving ex-solider attempting to smuggle Albanians into UK

The defendant, Zaim Berisa, brought three eastern European men into the UK in his car on the ferry from Ireland to Anglesey for £600 but was caught by the Port Authorities at Holyhead.
He was found guilty of assisting unlawful immigration following a trial at Caernarfon Crown Court in April.  At the sentencing hearing Ember-Jade Wong informed the court that her client, who was an ex-soldier, had been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder after serving in wars that broke out in the former Yugoslavia.  He also had significant health problems which could be “life threatening” if sent to Jail.  Her Honour Judge Jones told the defendant that ordinarily this offence would result in a jail sentence because of the impact of illegal immigration into this country”   She was persuaded to hand out a non-custodial sentence due to the “specific, particular facts of the case” and for health reasons.  Berisa was given an 18-month prison sentence, suspended for 2 years.

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