A ROMANIAN man who was found in Holyhead after he had been deported from the United Kingdom has been jailed.

Leonard Munteanu, 25, was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment at Mold Crown Court today (April 5).

Munteanu will be deported from the UK again after he has served his prison sentence.

He had previously admitted knowingly entering the UK in breach of a deportation order.


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Prosecuting, Brett Williamson told the court that, in August 2018, Munteanu was convicted of theft from a shop in the UK, and was subsequently handed a deportation order.

Munteanu was deported in February 2019, but was found in Scotland in January 2022.

He was returned to Romania the day after he was discovered in Scotland, only to be found in the UK again, this time in Cumbria, in March 2023.

Though he was removed back to Romania in May 2023, Munteanu was stopped at Calais as he tried to return to the UK on February 28, 2024.

Then, on March 2, he was arrested at Holyhead ferry terminal, having arrived in the UK from Dublin.

Munteanu, who has convictions in France, Germany and the UK, has “tried time and again” to return to Britain, Mr Williamson said.

Defending Munteanu, Dafydd Roberts said he is a married man with two young children, who he “desperately wishes to see”.

He was said to have not committed any further offences while in the UK.

“The sadness of this case is that, now, Mr Munteanu finds himself in this position because of his past behaviour as a younger man,” Mr Roberts added.

“What he wants to do now is be with his family; a perfectly understandable sentiment and wish.”

Sentencing, Recorder Wyn Lloyd-Jones told Munteanu: “You have made repeated efforts to enter the country over and over and over again.

“You’re very fortunate that you’ve not been prosecuted in the past, but enough is enough.

“There is an order preventing you from coming to this country. Don’t try, because you’re going to end up in this position again, and the sentences, I can assure you, will get longer and longer.”