JUDGES have blocked the deportation of a Lithuanian paedophile who carried out a serious sex attack before he arrived in the UK.
An immigration tribunal judge has overruled a decision by the Home Office to deport Feliksas Grigas who had nine convictions for 11 offences from 2005 to 2017 while in Lithuania.
This included a serious sexual assault on a minor in 2007 which he was jailed for six years for. He was also convicted of possession of a firearm and threatening behaviour in 2013. His remaining record was for theft, fraud and making false representations.
The offences were committed before Grigas came to Britain in November 2018. Despite his serious offending, an attempt by the Home Office to deport him has been blocked by judges.
Within days of the 31-year-old arriving in the UK, the Home Office started deportation proceedings and he was detained.
Judges blocked the deportation and it went to an immigration tribunal judge which has backed that decision. An independent psychologist had carried out a risk assessment which said Grigas was at “low risk of violence or serious harm to others”.
It also said he did not have any “overt or entrenched attitudes or beliefs supportive of sexual activity with a child or non-consenting or aggressive sexual activity”.
The decision to block the deportation flies in the face of repeated Government pledges to get tough with foreign criminals. The Home Office will be appealing it.
It has been slammed by North West Leicestershire MP Andrew Bridgen who said he was horrified.
The Tory MP said: “You have to wonder what you actually have to do to be deported from the UK. This is an appalling crime.
“This decision to block the deportation horrifies me.”
In England and Wales and in Northern Ireland a minor is somebody under the age of 18 and it is the same in Lithuania.
A legal source said: “This is a disgrace. We get repeated assurances that foreign criminals will be thrown out and then this deportation has been blocked.”
But a judge – when backing the original decision to block the deportation – ruled: “The judge considered the serious nature and pattern of the offending behaviour and the risk of harm to the public.
“Accordingly, I find that there was no material error of law in the judge’s decision and I dismiss the appeal.”
Rejecting the Government’s bid to kick him out of Britain, a judge earlier said he had come to the UK to remove himself from his criminal past.
He said: “He had not offended since he arrived in the UK notwithstanding the financial hardship caused by his inability to obtain employment.”
A spokesperson for the Home Office said: ”Our priority will always be to keep the British public safe. Foreign nationals who abuse our hospitality by committing crimes should be in no doubt of our determination to deport them and since 2010, we have removed more than 53,000.”
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