A MAN who had been deported from the UK tried to enter the country via North Wales because he wanted to see his unwell grandmother, a court heard.

Adam Garbandowski, of no fixed abode, appeared at Caernarfon Crown Court for sentence on Friday.

The 25-year-old had previously admitted knowingly entering the UK in breach of a deportation order.

Richard Edwards, prosecuting, told the court that the deportation order was issued in October 2018 due to the defendant's previous convictions.

But on October 22 this year, he was found at the Port of Holyhead, having disembarked a ferry from Ireland. 

After being identified, he was arrested  admitted he knew he was stull subject to the order - but claimed he believed it had been in force for five years only.
Garbandowski has 32 previous convictions for 47 offences.

He'd also tried to enter the UK from France in February last year, but was denied entry then too.

Rosemary Proctor, defending, told the court: "Asylum was applied for in 2001, and he entered the UK in 2003 aged six.

"He spent the larger part of his childhood in the UK and was deported when he was 18.


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"In his early teens he got addicted to heroin and crack, and his record shows a youth who has spiralled out of control.

"Since deportation he has got bac on the right path and is a changed man.

"His family still remain in this country and that's why he tried to enter - he simply wanted to see his grandmother, who is sick."

Judge Timothy Petts handed down an eight month sentence of imprisonment and confirmed the deportation order remains in place.

He warned the defendant that should he try getting into the UK again, the outcome would be similar - but with a longer sentence of imprisonment.