A FORMER police officer, who fled the Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe, has been jailed for 30 weeks for possessing a false passport that enabled him to find employment as a carer.

Southampton Crown Court heard that Edward Mukuze had initially come to England as a legitimate visitor but he later bought a false passport in London after he had overstayed.

Prosecutor Siobhan Linsley said that the document, which had been issued for a baby girl, was discovered with his picture and details on it after it had been reported lost or stolen.

Mukuze, 50, of Sholing Road, Southampton, admitted possessing the passport.

Judge Derwin Hope told Mukuze that his offending went to the heart and root of Britain’s control system.

Mukuze has filed an application to remain in Britain and the decision lies with the Home Office.