Amazing, £17000 award to illegal immigrant!

  Blackhat 17:21 04 Nov 2011

£17360 to illegal immigrant

Convicted for over 20 offences in 3 years but detained illegally for 4 months and judge awards £17360. for wrongful imprisonment.

Granted legal aid, this has all come out of tax payer’s money. Something is wrong about the system for this to happen.

  Toneman 18:10 04 Nov 2011

Beg to differ, wish I could get £17K for four months doing nothing...

  lotvic 18:17 04 Nov 2011

I think it is wrong because he obstructed enquiries to establish his country of origin so that he could avoid deportation. He had used at least five aliases and claimed to be British, Italian, Moroccan, Algerian and stateless. Therefore to my mind he was only held in custody because he wouldn't state his country of origin.

He seems to have got compensation for misleading the enquiries.

  Aitchbee 19:07 04 Nov 2011

The Law is an ass - Can I say that?

  Forum Editor 23:15 04 Nov 2011


I totally agree with you as well.

  daz60 08:09 05 Nov 2011

So it does pay to be a criminal.No doubt he will be on the phone to relatives and friends saying paradise is england.

The idea that someone has been given carte blanche by the law to continue ignoring the laws of the land and indeed get paid pretty much 2 thirds of my annual working wage for doing so shows how belittled this country has become.

Now that a precedent has been set the industry now has a sure fire means of bypassing any regulations pertaining to their removal.

Do not reveal your identity or origin,all of those who are being remanded pending deportation proceedings must be kicking themselves.

  Forum Editor 08:48 05 Nov 2011


"So it does pay to be a criminal"

Please try to get your facts right before making sweeping statements. This man isn't being paid because he is a criminal, he's being paid compensation because we imprisoned him illegally.

As someone has already pointed out, we are a civilised country, and we broke one of our own laws. It doesn't matter who the victim of an illegal detention is - it's still illegal.

  bremner 09:35 05 Nov 2011

Yet another mistake by the UKBA.

Five years ago it was declared unfit for purpose by John Reid and nothing seems to have changed, including todays lastest scandal. UKBA head suspended

  morddwyd 09:59 05 Nov 2011

"The idea that someone has been given carte blanche by the law to continue ignoring the laws "

The fact that someone has broken the law does not make it acceptable for the state to do the same.

If the rule of law is to be enforced then those enforcing it must also comply.

  Forum Editor 13:40 05 Nov 2011

"why waste money chasing and detaining people."

Presumably because they entered the country illegally?

I don't think there can be much doubt that the Border Control situation in this country is a bit of a nightmare. For one thing, our coastline is a smuggler's paradise of isolated coves and bays - there's no way we can effectively police over seven and a half thousand miles of shoreline.

Apart from that, it's pretty obvious that there are some serious concerns about the way the Border Agency operates.

  QuizMan 21:40 05 Nov 2011

Yes, the Home Office made a bit of a pigs ear of it.

However, I can't help thinking that cause and effect comes into play here. The delaying/confusion tactics used by this individual must have been at least partly responsible for the mess up, and he is now £17k better off as a result. The two papers I have read give scant information about his "string of previous convictions" so we do not know what compensation was paid by him to the victims. As this is usually based on earnings and assets, I expect is was very small. Sometimes it is a shame these things cannot be re-considered retrospectively.

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