A High Court judge yesterday signalled that it would be helpful for the Court of Appeal to set sentencing guidelines for defendants found guilty of breaching deportation orders. Madam Justice Clare-Marie Beeson made the comment as she increased the jail term of Vietnamese illegal immigrant Nguyen Chi Trung, from 30 to 32 months. Trung, 38, was convicted of possessing a forged identity card, breach of a deportation order, possessing a false instrument and making a false representation to an immigration officer. The case was one of several heard in the magistrates' courts that are the subject of appeals to the Court of First Instance. It is argued that those convicted of breaching a deportation order should not be made to serve consecutive sentences for other immigration offences. Trung's counsel, Mahinder Panesar, argued her client's other immigration offences were a means to facilitate his unlawful presence, and therefore the sentences for those should run concurrently. She said that the 30- month jail term imposed by Magistrate Ian Thomas was excessive. But government counsel Patrick Cheung Wai-sun said the sentence was lenient for four offences committed by a repeat offender. He instead urged Madam Justice Beeson to set 'significantly higher' guidelines for the offence of breaching a deportation order. Madam Justice Beeson said that although she was not setting a tariff, she was laying down guideline principles which were based uponthe offence, cases of a similar nature, and the purpose of the legislation. 'It would be helpful at some point for the Court of Appeal to give guidance on this matter,' she said.