Fugi­tive liv­ing il­le­gally in uK is jailed at last

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AMAN liv­ing il­le­gally in Manch­ester – who spent 24 hours on the run after es­cap­ing from cus­tody – has been jailed.

Ghana­ian na­tional Collins Bon­ney, 44, had been liv­ing a fake life as a 26-year-old Ger­man.

He used false doc­u­ments to find work in Manch­ester, but was caught out fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Home Of­fice into pos­si­ble ID fraud.

When im­mi­gra­tion en­force­ment of­fi­cers ar­rived at Bon­ney’s home on Fair­field Road in Droyls­den, Tame­side, on July 5, he claimed to be Ger­man.

Fol­low­ing a search of the house, of­fi­cials dis­cov­ered doc­u­ments prov­ing his real iden­tity – and that he had no right to be in the UK.

Of­fi­cers un­cov­ered mul­ti­ple doc­u­ments un­der his fake name, which he had used to try to find em­ploy­ment il­le­gally. Bon­ney was ar­rested and hand­cuffed, but broke free and es­caped fol­low­ing a chase.

Po­lice said he was spot­ted nearby on the canal bridge by Mad­di­son Road.

It is un­der­stood he ap­proached a girl on her way to school and asked her to pull his jumper down over his arms.

She ig­nored him but he per­sisted, and when she fi­nally agreed she saw he was wear­ing hand­cuffs.

The girl called her fa­ther, who alerted po­lice.

Fol­low­ing a search by Im­mi­gra­tion En­force­ment Crim­i­nal and Fi­nan­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tions of­fi­cers – with help from GMP – Bon­ney was found the fol­low­ing day in a pub car park.

He pleaded guilty to fraud, pos­ses­sion of an iden­tity doc­u­ment with im­proper in­ten­tion and es­cap­ing from cus­tody at Manch­ester Crown Court – and was sen­tenced to seven months be­hind bars.

Home Of­fice of­fi­cials say Bon­ney will be sent back to his home coun­try once he has served his sen­tence. ●●

Dave Ma­grath, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of the North West Crim­i­nal and Fi­nan­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tions Team, said: “This case demon­strates our de­ter­mi­na­tion to crack down on iden­tity fraud­sters who at­tempt to flout the UK’s im­mi­gra­tion laws. Those who use fake doc­u­ments to try and gain em­ploy­ment should ex­pect a visit.

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