Il­le­gal alien trio work­ing at the vil­lage take­away

And Tar­bolton gro­cer was also at it

Ayrshire Post - - NEWS - Sarah Hil­ley

A busi­ness­woman and a newsagent boss have been found guilty of em­ploy­ing il­le­gal im­mi­grants.

Three In­dian men were work­ing at the Bom­bay Blue take­away in Tar­bolton owned by Man­pin­der Kaur without per­mis­sion.

And an­other In­dian was hired at the Key­store in the vil­lage run by Balvin­der Singh.

Sher­iff John Mont­gomery called for re­ports on Kaur and Singh after find­ing them both guilty at Ayr Sher­iff Court on Mon­day.

Kaur owns seven busi­nesses, in­clud­ing a chil­dren’s nurs­ery, post of­fice, Tar­bolton’s Black Bull, and more than 20 rental prop­er­ties.

Kaur who also pro­vided hous­ing for the im­mi­grants claimed that she had no idea who was hired at the take­away.

The 40- year- old, of Fair­field House, Syming­ton, blamed her brother who man­aged the take­away for har­bour­ing the men.

But de­pute fis­cal Lori Pid­geon pointed out how Kaur’s name was on bills re­lated to the busi­ness.

De­pute fis­cal Lori Pid­geon said: “I am sug­gest­ing to you that you are us­ing your brother as a scape­goat.

“The rea­son his name is not on any­thing is be­cause you were run­ning the busi­ness.”

The court heard how there were beds and other fur­ni­ture at the back of the Bom­bay Blue on Sandgate Street.

Dur­ing ques­tion­ing Kaur told the court : “It was my brother who so­ley ran the busi­ness.”

How­ever, chal­leng­ing the claim, de­pute fis­cal Pid­geon quizzed her: “You knew how much was be­ing paid to the staff but you didn’t know who they are?”

Kaur told the court all trans­ac­tions were done in cash.

De­fence coun­sel Gor­don Jack­son QC con­firmed with Kaur that Bom­bay Blue was a very small part on her busi­ness port­fo­lio.

He said: “In terms of your busi­nesses this take­away is very small.

“It has been sug­gested that you are in there ev­ery day with all th­ese guys run­ning the place. Kaur said: “No.” Im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cers raided Bom­bay Blue in Oc­to­ber 2014 and lifted three men for de­por­ta­tion from the UK.

The court heard how Kaur’s brother, a Mr Singh, knew the names of the three men taken away by of­fi­cials.

The court heard he had met them at the Guru Nanak Gur­d­wara tem­ple in Irvine and had be­lieved that they had the right to work in Bri­tain. Two of them had showed him their pass­ports and the third had a stu­dent ID card.

He claimed the trio had only been work­ing at the Tar­bolton take­away for a week.

Kaur was found guilty of as­sist­ing with the un­law­ful im­mi­gra­tion of Bal­winder Singh, Kuldeep Singh and Jaswinder Pal Singh to the UK, and pro­vid­ing them with ac­com­mo­da­tion and em­ploy­ment be­tween April 16, 2014 and Oc­to­ber 16, 2014 at the Bom­bay Blue take­away.

Singh, 43, of Irvine, was found guilty of as­sist­ing with the un­law­ful im­mi­gra­tion of In­dian na­tional Pan­gan Singh and al­low­ing him to work il­le­gally be­tween April 16, 2014 and Oc­to­ber 16, 2014.

The pair will be sen­tenced on De­cem­ber 7.

Await­ing sen­tence owner Balvin­der Singh Key­store

De­nial Man­pin­der Kaur said her brother was har­bour­ing men

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