Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Judge Allows Sex Attacker to Stay Because of 'Right to a Family Life'; 1. Human Rights: Mr Justice Hodge Upheld a Ruling That Attacker Was "One of Us" 2. Victim: Gabrielle Browne Says She Is Devastated by Decision to Allow Kendeh to Stay in UK

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Judge Allows Sex Attacker to Stay Because of 'Right to a Family Life'; 1. Human Rights: Mr Justice Hodge Upheld a Ruling That Attacker Was "One of Us" 2. Victim: Gabrielle Browne Says She Is Devastated by Decision to Allow Kendeh to Stay in UK

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Byline: ROBERT MENDICK

BRITAIN'S leading immigration judge has vetoed the deportation of aserial sex offender because it would breach his human right to a family life.

The Home Office wanted to deport Mohammed Kendehwho has been assessed as presenting a "high risk of reoffending"to his native Sierra Leone.

However Sir Henry Hodgethe husband of Labour minister Margaret Hodgehas rejected the attempt on human rights grounds.

He has decided that Kendeh, who has admitted indecently assaulting 11 women inthe past five years and has committed a string of other offences includingrobbery, burglary, arson and drugsshould be allowed to stay because he came to the UK at the age of six and hasvirtually no family left in West Africa.

The case, which will be hugely embarrassing for the Government, highlights thedifficulty in deporting foreign criminals because of human rights law. Itfollows a judicial decision to allow Italian-born Learco Chindamo, who murderedheadteacher Philip Lawrence, also to stay in the UK.

One of Kendeh's victims, a motherof-two who was attacked while jogging in aLondon park, today spoke of her disgust at the ruling.

Gabrielle Browne, who has waived her right to anonymity as the victim of a sexattack, told the Standard: "I feel devastated and let down. How is it rightthat somebody who has offended so seriously against defenceless women isallowed to remain in this country? It is more than possible he will rape orkill a future victim. It is a farce." The Home Office tried to deport Kendeh,20, from Peckham, last year but the decision was overturned by an immigrationjudge and upheld by Mr Justice Hodge, president of the Asylum and ImmigrationTribunal, on appeal. Mr Justice Hodge is a longstanding human rights campaignerand a former chairman of the National Council for Civil Libertiesnow known as Liberty. …

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