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Monday 16 July 2018

Takeaway boss avoids criminal conviction over illegal worker

Sarfraz Ahmed and his firm were spared up to €8,000 fines
Sarfraz Ahmed and his firm were spared up to €8,000 fines

A takeaway owner who admitted unlawfully employing a foreign worker has been spared a criminal conviction that could have jeopardised his citizenship application.

Father-of-five Sarfraz Ahmed (50), of Brownsbarn Orchard, Kingswood, Dublin 22, and his company S&A Takeaway Venture - trading as the Curry & Kebab takeaway on Thomas Street, Dublin 8 - each pleaded guilty to two charges under the Employment Permits Act.

They were each spared up to €8,000 in fines.

Workplace Relations Commission inspector Sergei Bakirov told Dublin District Court he went to the takeaway in November 2016 but the accused was not present. A staff member was cooking and taking orders.

The employee was a Pakistani man whose permit to be in Ireland expired in January 2016.

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He was told he had no permission to work in the State and a letter was sent to the company informing it of the offence.

Mr Bakirov told the court he went back to the takeaway on May 16 and the man was still there with no valid permit.

Pleading for leniency, defence solicitor Jeremy Ring told the court his client came to Ireland from Pakistan 10 years ago. He had worked for others but decided to set up his own business five years ago.

Ahmed's affairs were now fully in order and he now gets professional advice, he added.

Ahmed was applying for citizenship, which could be impeded by a conviction, the court heard. Mr Ring said his client was remorseful.

Although describing it as a "serious matter", Judge John Brennan noted Ahmed's lack of prior convictions and his application for citizenship.

He applied the Probation Act in Ahmed's case and ordered the company to donate €750 to charity by September 3.

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