A MAN has been jailed for trying to help his wife into this country.
Malu Fataki was convicted after a trial of facilitating the commission of a breach of immigration law.
The 35-year-old bought a ferry ticket for his wife, Bibiche Niembe, under a false name at The Brittany Centre at Portsmouth International Port.
Portsmouth Crown Court heard she tried to enter on a false Portuguese passport as Fataki waited for her.
Assistant director Martin Huxley, from the Home Office’s Criminal and Financial Investigations team, said: ‘Malu Fataki made a blatant attempt to flout the UK’s immigration laws but is now paying the price with a prison sentence.
‘The message to those thinking of doing the same is clear.
‘We will catch you and we will not hesitate to take the strongest possible action.
‘Our dedicated crime teams will continue to pursue to prevent and convict all those who seek to abuse the immigration system.’
The court heard Fataki’s wife is understood to be in immigration detention in this country.
Fataki, of Rays Avenue, London, committed the offence between June 8 and September 5, 2013.
The court heard Fataki had not been paid to commit the offence.
Recorder John Williams jailed Fataki, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, for 15 months.
Mr Williams said: ‘You entered the country and were waiting for her to enter upon a counterfeit Portuguese passport. Had she succeeded, I suspect you would have continued together.’