Author: Louise Elliott
Readers of StokeonTrentLive have reacted angrily to the news that taxpayers shelled out more than £500-a-week to provide foster care for a ’16-year-old’ Vietnamese girl who was later exposed as a 22-year-old illegal immigrant.
The woman gave a false name and her date of birth as October 17, 2000 – which made her 16.
She was placed in foster care by Staffordshire County Council and claimed she was a victim of modern slavery.
However, the police were tipped-off that the defendant was in fact aged 22. Officers contacted the Vietnamese authorities who confirmed Trinh was born on July 10, 1994, making her 22. They sent copies of her fingerprints and a photograph which were a match for the defendant.
Earlier this week, Trinh, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of public justice and was jailed for eight months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court .
In sentencing her, Judge Paul Glenn said: “The sentence will not trigger automatic deportation. That will be a decision for other people in due course.”
However, readers of StokeonTrentLive believe she should be deported.
Writing on Facebook, Olga Denic Gregorick said: “And we wonder why our country is in a mess. She should be deported,” with other readers, Lorraine Poole, Ian Dillon and Sharon Dew agreeing.
Dave Perry also agreed. He said: “Lock her up, so it costs the taxpayer even more money, logical that, why not just deport her now.”
Meanwhile, Pauline Salt said: “I’m 71, worked since I was 15, and I wish I could get £500-a-week, and so do a lot of people my age.”
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The county council says it worked closely with Staffordshire Police over this case.
Councillor Mark Sutton, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Where an unaccompanied young asylum-seeking child comes to our attention in the county we have a legal duty to provide them with care and accommodation. At the time, we carried out an approved age assessment and there was no information to suggest Duong Trinh was not 16.
“As soon as we were made aware of the additional information we worked closely with the police to make sure the appropriate action was taken.”