A British permanent resident of Paphos was fined €250 for illegally employing a third country national who was registered as a student.
The man, from Bangladesh, was caught by immigration officers working in the woman’s yard in Chlorakas on the morning of May 8, 2013.
The arrest was part of a crackdown on illegal employment of foreign nationals.
He told police he had arrived on the island on September 29, 2009 on a student permit that expired at the end of October 2013.
The man did not have a work permit.
The woman told officers she had agreed to pay him €5 per hour after he offered his services while she was working in the garden.
She said she had asked for his papers and was told that he was a student and he was allowed to work 20 hours a week.
The court took into account the woman’s apology and immediate admission, as well as her co-operation with police. The fact that the Bangladeshi had arrived on the island legally was also taken into consideration.
It also censured the authorities’ delay in bringing the case to court, which was also a mitigating factor.
The maximum penalty for such offences is three years in jail or €8,500 or both.
The woman was given one month to pay the fine.