By Anil Dawar
The folly of tying Britain to the Court of Human Rights has been graphically highlighted by a Somalian criminal who had his deportation blocked and then carried out a sickening sex attack.
Convicted street robber [name withheld] spent an estimated £80,000 of taxpayers’ cash taking his battle to stay in the UK through the British courts and then into Europe.
But within three years of persuading the Euro judges to halt attempts to boot him out to protect his human rights, [name withheld] was jailed for a sexually assaulting a woman.
The jobless Somalian is estimated to have cost the country more than £400,000 in legal aid, prison costs and state benefits.
Home Office officials still have a deportation order for [name withheld] ready to enforce if peace returns to his homeland but the unrepentant Somalian yesterday boasted: “I am not going anywhere!”
The registered sex offender - who has to wear an electronic tag - broke cover to make a brazen bid to get the order lifted saying his catalogue of crimes was just “one mistake”.
He said: “I have been in the deportation process for almost six years. Surely I’ve earned the right to have my case revisited? How can I be deported for one mistake?”
[name withheld], 26, arrived in the UK at the age of eight and now lives in Small Heath, Birmingham along with his 20-strong extended family.
As a teenager, he was twice put on probation for shoplifting before being jailed for three years in 2005 for a vicious street robbery.
During his stint behind bars the Home Office served him with a deportation order which he unsuccessfully appealed against twice.
Immigration officers were ready to get him on a plane in 2007 but the Somalian took his case to the Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg where the judges ruled sending [name withheld] back to his homeland would breach his human rights.
But within 12 months of winning his reprieve, ungrateful [name withheld] was convicted of criminal damage and then, in 2011 jailed for a sexual assault.
The saga has infuriated campaigners battling to take back power for UK courts to decide British matters from the unelected judges in Strasbourg.
Euro MP, Gerard Batten said: “We shouldn’t be surprised if criminals from around the world are attracted to Britain because the government makes it easy for them to get in and the European Court of Human Rights makes it almost impossible to get rid of them.”
“To add insult to injury, when we fail to deport them they can stay here and live on benefits from our welfare state.”
Last night a Home Office spokesman said: “We take all necessary steps to deport people who break our laws and in 2012 we removed 4,500 foreign national offenders.”
“However, deportation can be delayed when offenders seek to frustrate the process or challenge us on human rights grounds. That is why we have now changed the rules to make it harder for convicted criminals to dodge deportation in the courts.”