A violent sex attacker who continued to commit crimes while using human rights laws to fight efforts to deport him has been sent back to Sierra Leone.
A senior immigration judge ruled five years ago that Mohamed Kendeh, who admitted indecently assaulting 11 women between 2002 and 2007, should be allowed to stay in the UK because he arrived aged six and had virtually no family left in West Africa.
But he went on to be jailed again for robbery in 2009, prompting renewed efforts to deport him, and the 25-year-old was finally sent back to Freetown on Sunday, the Home Office said.
It comes as Home Secretary Theresa May’s attempts to deport radical cleric Abu Qatada, once described by a judge as Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe, are also being frustrated by human rights laws.
Gabrielle Browne, who was training for the London Marathon on a towpath when she was sexually attacked by Kendeh in 2003, welcomed the move, saying he should never have been allowed to stay.
Ms Browne, 46, who has waived her right to anonymity, said: “Kendeh committed serious offences and abused the rights and freedoms of women in south London.
“I’m very pleased he has been deported. This should have happened in 2007 when he was, in my view, wrongly allowed to remain in the UK.”
It emerged after his arrest that he had recently been released from a young offenders institution after being found guilty of four sexual assaults on women when he was 15.