Thursday 24 January 2019

Aer Lingus worker to be sentenced for helping illegal immigrants enter the country

Frederick Cham
Frederick Cham

Declan Brennan and Aoife Nic Ardghail

An Aer Lingus worker will be sentenced next February for helping illegal immigrants enter the country.

Today Frederick Cham (62) pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two charges of organising or facilitating the entry into the State of a person who was an illegal immigrant or who was seeking asylum at Dublin Airport on December 29, 2016 and January 9, 2017.

Cham, of Railway Cottages, Hazelhatch, Celbridge, Co Kildare but originally from Hong Kong was arrested as part of an investigation by the Garda National Immigration Bureau.

The court heard previously that it was alleged that he, along with others, helped them to bypass passport control.

Cham was granted legal aid after an earlier refusal of the application.

Today Judge Martin Nolan ordered a governor's report from Cloverhill Prison where Cham is in custody awaiting sentence.

Judge Nolan adjourned the case to Feburary 6, 2018.

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