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Couple in court for assisting woman found in dinghy on Jersey's east coast

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A MAN and his wife have appeared in the Magistrate’s Court charged with aiding and abetting a woman who was spotted off Jersey’s north-east coast with her two children in a small dinghy.

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The couple, who cannot be named for legal reasons, did not speak during the brief hearing yesterday. They were remanded on bail and told to return to court on 8 August for sentencing for false representation charges and aiding and abetting a woman who is charged with putting a child at risk. They have admitted the offences. The Probation Service has been asked to compile a social-inquiry report.

The Island’s media, as well as reporters and photographers from the UK national press, were also present at the hearing.

A 13ft Honda dinghy was found off the coast of St Catherine last week with the couple, the woman and her two young children on board. The mother of the children has been remanded in custody.

It was heard in court last week that an off-duty RNLI volunteer spotted the dinghy in the bay before the States police and Customs were called. Those on board claimed they were visiting the Island on a day trip from France. Certain details, including the names of those involved in the case, cannot be reported due to local reporting restrictions.

Jack Maguire

By Jack Maguire
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