Thanks to one of our readers for the following information from Rupert Quaintance’s court appearance today:
Sometimes its hard to understand the English justice system. An 18-minute hearing today has resulted in only one change of detail to Quaintance’s bail.
The judge has allowed Quaintance to have his passport back so he CAN GET A JOB and use it to prove his identity to a prospective employer. The Judge said that he would not allow any other variation of the bail conditions until the 21st August trial date is confirmed (the trial might move into November).
A question – does a foreign national have the automatic right to work in the UK whilst held on bail, if not what is the UKBA stance on granting a work permit?
We confess we are confused by this, as initial reports from Southwark Crown Court this afternoon indicated that Rupert’s application for bail variation had been denied. The return of his passport certainly sounds like a variation to us.
In addition, so far as we are aware, seeking employment would breach the remit of Rupert’s travel status, as he is currently in the UK for “leisure”, not to work. In order to legally obtain employment he would require a work visa; having his passport to “prove his identity” to an employer would accomplish little, so far as we’re aware.
We will attempt to get to the bottom of this and will update here as soon as we can confirm details.