Woman admits lying about persecution to stay in Plymouth
A WOMAN has admitted lying about being persecuted in Africa so she could stay in this country.
Tailblah Assoua, aged 34, told immigration officials she had fled the Ivory Coast to escape a polygamous marriage, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
She has been in this country for nine years and both her children were born here, the court was told. But she is now expected to be deported.
Assoua, of Cecil Street, Stonehouse, admitted obtaining leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom by deception in April 2003. She is said to have claimed she had entered the country the previous month fleeing persecution and a polygamous marriage in the Ivory Coast.
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Assoua had previously denied the matter and seven other offences. Her first trial collapsed after two days and she entered a single guilty plea at the start of the second. Judge Paul Darlow directed the jury to return a guilty verdict on the deception charge.
He discharged the other charges, including benefit fraud and possessing false documents, after the prosecution offered no evidence.
Llewellyn Sellick, for Assouah, said she had "exhausted all appeals" to stay in the country.
Brian Fitzherbert, prosecuting, said no action would be taken to deport her until she was sentenced. Judge Darlow ordered a probation officer to prepare a report into her background. She was bailed to be sentenced on January 18.