High Court Judge Nicholas Madge (below) who awarded the money admitted he ‘wholeheartedly’ agreed that many would think it was the victims of 28-year-old Aliou Bah who deserved large payouts instead.
UK Daily Mail (h/t Marvin W) Bah, from Guinea, had been imprisoned twice for serious assaults – including an attack on a 16-year-old girl – and placed on the sex offenders’ register. But in a ruling revealed yesterday, a court decided that the Government had held him unlawfully for 21 months when there was no reasonable prospect of deporting him to West Africa.
Moves to throw him out were blocked by immigration officials in his homeland who refused to process his travel documents. Another obstacle to deportation was that Bah had been granted permission to stay in Britain as a refugee.
The judge said that he had been forced to uphold the principle that no one should be imprisoned unlawfully in a civilized society. Conservative MP Peter Bone said: ‘The public will look at this case and conclude the law is an ass. It is very difficult to understand why a sex attacker should not be sent home, let alone win a vast amount of public money.
Bah, who arrived in the UK in 2007 to join his refugee father, was convicted of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old in February 2011. He was jailed for 18 months then imprisoned again in 2014 – for two years – over another sex assault.