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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Takeaway boss jailed for employing illegal worker

A takeaway boss who employed an illegal immigrant has been jailed for 10 months.

Zhong Chen, 49, was the owner and manager of the Golden Dragon in Main Street, Cockermouth, when it was inspected by officials.

Carlisle Crown Court heard that Chen, of Oxford Street, Workington, had working in the kitchen a man who was not entitled to be in the UK.

Chen did not pay him wages or contribute to National Insurance but provided him with food and accommodation.

Chen, who had the court proceedings relayed to him through an interpreter in the dock, admitted assisting unlawful immigration.

Tim Evans, prosecuting, said the inspection was carried out on January 17.

He said the illegal immigrant was spotted in circumstances which led visiting officials to believe he was employed there.

They saw the worker carrying a bowl in the kitchen.

The court heard that he worked there frequently over a long period of time.

Chen’s defence barrister, Brendan Burke, said his client was “something of a solitary individual, without the support of any kind of family”.

He could not speak any English, added Mr Burke.

Judge Barbara Forrester told Chen: “You were aware that it was an offence to do this.

“On the day the officers visited they saw the worker carrying a bowl in the kitchen. I’m satisfied that he worked in the kitchen frequently over a long period of time. He was not a family member and you provided him with food and accommodation.

“The fact that he worked in the restaurant without you paying him wages or National Insurance was a financial benefit to you.

“You were the manager and the owner of the premises so it was your decision to employ him.”

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