An illegal immigrant turned criminal is set for thousands in a taxpayer funded payout after judges ruled he was falsely imprisoned while awaiting deportation.
Joseph Mjemer, 28, arrived in the UK as a stowaway, committed more than 20 offences, used at least five aliases and claimed to be from four different countries.
But he is now set to be turned loose with a taxpayer-funded compensation payout – despite the judge admitting there is a risk that he could commit more crimes, or simply disappear.
Ruling: Illegal immigrant Joseph Mjemer is set for thousands in a taxpayer funded compensation payout after judges ruled he was falsely imprisoned
Mr Mjemer’s lawyers argued at the hearing in London that he had been unlawfully held in prison while immigration officials tried to establish where he came from so they could deport him.
Judge Stephen Stewart QC ruled that the detention had been lawful for most of that period.
Judge Stephen Stewart QC ruled that the last four months of Mr Mjemer’s detention had been unlawful
Mr Mjemer therefore succeeded in his claim for release and damages, said the judge.
The court heard that Mr Mjemer would be fitted with a monitoring tag and must live at an address in Drayton, London.
He must also report regularly to a police station while Home Office investigations into his country of origin continue.
The judge said he thought there was a low to moderate risk of Mr Mjemer being violent, a moderate risk of him reoffending and moderate to high risk of him absconding.
A hearing to establish how big a damages payout Mr Mjemer is entitled to is scheduled to take place later in the year.
The judge, who ruled on Thursday after hearing arguments earlier in the week, heard how Mr Mjemer arrived in the UK on a ship in 2003 and claimed asylum.
Over the next three years, Mr Mjemer was convicted of more than 20 offences – including property damage, dangerous driving and attempting to obtain property by deception.
He was given a number of jail terms before being taken into ‘administrative custody’, the judge was told.
Mr Mjemer had also used at least five aliases and variously claimed to be British, Italian, Moroccan, Algerian and stateless, said the judge.
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