Jail for failed asylum seeker who used false passport in Bristol
A Ugandan mother-of-two who used a false passport in Bristol to try and get work has been jailed for eight months.
Failed asylum seeker Aisha Nasiwa went to Lloyds bank in Broadmead with a French passport in the name of Aurelie Panga, Bristol Crown Court heard. When the branch's scanning machine detected faults with the passport's bar code and photograph police were called.
Nasiwa, 42, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to possessing the identity document to establish her identity, making a false representation to the bank and possessing a false national insurance card.
Julian Howells, prosecuting, said Nasiwa gave her correct details to police.
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She told officers she had wanted to work and, needing to open a bank account, bought the passport for £3,000 from a woman at a London railway station.
Mark Worsley, defending, said his client had children aged 20 and 16 living with their uncle in Uganda.
He said: "She tries to pay their school and university fees.
"She's done casual work for friends and has lived two weeks here, two weeks there, for ten years."
Judge Martin Picton said: "Of its kind this is a serious offence."