Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sex Attacker May Escape Deportation; Court Told of Asylum Bid

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sex Attacker May Escape Deportation; Court Told of Asylum Bid

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Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG

A CHILD molester facing deportation could yet stay on Tyneside after a court heard he was previously granted asylum in the UK.

Stefan Terkely fled the Czech Republic after being convicted of sexual assaulting a 10-year-old girl more than a decade ago.

He has lived in North Shields with his wife and children for five years.

But the government in the Czech Republic wants Terkely sent back.

He was arrested last month near his home and has been facing extradition. But a document unearthed by his defence lawyer appears to show Terkely was granted leave to stay in England.

Terkely's Czech wife Petra, 27, who is caring for their three children, said: "Stefan was persecuted in the Czech Republic because we are Romany.

"That's why we came here. I trust the British Government to help us and not make him go back."

Terkely came to Tyneside from Ostrava in 2002. Having already served a prison sentence in the 1980s following clashes with the local militia, he claimed he was "fitted up" on the sexual offences charges. …

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