Saturday 21 April 2018

Two Aer Lingus workers charged by gardaí investigating alleged people-smuggling ring

Peter Kernan (56) (left) and Xing Wang (28), both with addresses in Celbridge, Co Kildare
Peter Kernan (56) (left) and Xing Wang (28), both with addresses in Celbridge, Co Kildare
Xing Wang, 28, arrives at the District Court in Dublin, he is charged with facilitating the travel of non nationals. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Peter Kernan, arriving at the District Court in Dublin on January 24, 2017, he is charged with facilitating the travel of non-nationals. Picture credit: Damien Eagers
Peter Kernan, arrives at the district court in Dublin, he is charged with facilitating the travel of non-nationals. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

Andrew Phelan

Two Aer Lingus workers have been charged by gardai investigating an alleged people-smuggling ring operating through Dublin Airport.

The two were brought to court this morning charged with immigration offences after their arrest at the airport. A third man, a Chinese national, was also charged.

The two Aer Lingus staff, Peter Kernan (56), with an address at Old Rectory Lodge, Celbridge, and Frederick Cham (61) appeared in Dublin District Court accused of facilitating the trafficking of a non-national into the State, while the Chinese national Xing Wang (28) is accused of failing to present himself to immigration authorities.

Mr Kernan, with an address in Celbridge, Co Kildare, is applying for bail and the application will be heard by Judge Cormac Dunne this afternoon.

Judge Dunne remanded Mr Cham, with an address at Railway Cottages, Hazelhatch, Celbridge, and Mr Wang, of no fixed address in custody to appear in Court again on Friday.

No bail applications were made by their lawyers.

Xing Wang, 28, arrives at the District Court in Dublin, he is charged with facilitating the travel of non nationals. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Xing Wang, 28, arrives at the District Court in Dublin, he is charged with facilitating the travel of non nationals. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

The court heard none of the accused replied to the charges after caution.

Mr Kernan and Mr Cham are each charged with two counts of facilitating the trafficking of a non-national into the State at the airport on January 9 and 22 last.

Peter Kernan, arriving at the District Court in Dublin on January 24, 2017, he is charged with facilitating the travel of non-nationals. Picture credit: Damien Eagers
Peter Kernan, arriving at the District Court in Dublin on January 24, 2017, he is charged with facilitating the travel of non-nationals. Picture credit: Damien Eagers

Mr Wang is charged with failing to produce a passport or identification card and failing to present himself to an immigration officer, under the Immigration Act.

He is also charged with an offence under Section 29 of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

Peter Kernan, arrives at the district court in Dublin, he is charged with facilitating the travel of non-nationals. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Peter Kernan, arrives at the district court in Dublin, he is charged with facilitating the travel of non-nationals. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

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