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Illegal worker taught at schools in Bedfordshire

An illegal immigrant who used false identification to gain work as a teacher in Bedfordshire has been jailed for six months.

Brian Segole was taken on as a supply teacher even though he had not gained asylum since arriving from Zimbabwe, Luton Crown Court heard.

The 39-year-old, of Romney Walk, Bedford, admitted two counts of possessing false documents with intent.

The court heard he used a South African passport with a fake Home Office stamp.

The document purported to show he had indefinite leave to remain in the country.

Claudette Elliott, prosecuting, said Segole's appeals to stay in the UK had been dismissed but he remained in the country.

'Persecuted in Zimbabwe'

When the agency which employed him made further checks in 2008 they found his credentials were false and he was dismissed, but police were not informed until this year, the court heard.

Pamela Brain, defending said: "He was persecuted in Zimbabwe where he was a fully trained teacher.

"He has relatives who are British citizens and came here to seek asylum.

"He tried to make a living here working in schools in Bedford and had a good record.

"He was paying his tax and national insurance.

"He very much regrets these offences and is ashamed and embarrassed."

Judge Michael Kay QC told him: "The only sentence open to me is imprisonment.

"What happens to you at the end of the sentence is a matter for the immigration authorities."

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