Monday 6 April, 2020

Killer, rapist said to have been spared deportation flight to Jamaica

A Jamaican-born man who was convicted of fatally stabbing a father outside a pub, and a convicted rapist who is reported to have targeted a teenage girl, were among offenders who were granted reprieve by the United Kingdom's Court of Appeal last week from being deported to the Caribbean island.

According to reports from The Times, a United Kingdom (UK) news entity, one of the offenders, 43-year-old Fitzroy Daley "repeatedly stabbed his victim after a minor scuffle outside a pub in east London in 2012, and was jailed for 10 years in 2013."

The other Jamaican, Fabian Henry, who was 30 at the time, was imprisoned in 2013 after he raped a 17-year-old girl in Bristol twice, and reportedly groomed and abducted another, according to The Times.

Henry was sentenced to 12 years behind bars.

The pair was among 25 Jamaican-born offenders who won an 11th-hour reprieve when they were taken off a deportation flight on Tuesday after a series of legal challenges.

Additionally, the UK Court of Appeal ordered the Home Office not to deport dozens of the men who had been denied access to working sim cards at the Heathrow detention facilities following a mobile phone signal outage that prevented them from consulting with lawyers.

According to UK media reports, of the 25 who were not deported, one was convicted for manslaughter, two for rape or sexual offences, seven for other violent offences, and one for firearm-related offences.

Following the ruling by the Court of Appeal, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he "bitterly regretted that 25 criminals could not be booted" out of the country, and planned to lodge an appeal.

The UK government also said, according to reports, that "the decision to stop the criminals boarding the flight 'makes the case perfectly' for the PM’s vow to rip up the judicial review process to ensure it is 'not abused' for political reasons."

But campaigners pointed out some of the criminals who were set for deportation were sentenced for one-time drug offences which were committed when they were young.

Meanwhile, it is not clear whether Henry and Daley will be exonerated from ever facing deportation to Jamaica, but citizens in the UK are reportedly concerned that violent offenders may be allowed to walk the streets there.

The thought of this, according to UK media reports, has alarmed multiple victims and their families.

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