Rapist Ekene Anoliefo loses appeal to stay in UK

Ekene Anoliefo [Pic: Ciaran Donnelly] The attack by Anoliefo was described as "particularly brutal and degrading"

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A jailed rapist has lost an appeal to be able to stay in the UK and will be sent home to Nigeria.

Ekene Anoliefo, 38, claimed deportation would breach his human rights because he had a cousin in the UK.

He was jailed for 12 years - later reduced to nine in 2009 for the rape of a 19-year-old woman in Aberdeen.

His appeal was heard by Mr Justice Blake, who said the public interest in getting him out the UK outweighed his right to respect for his private life.

Anoliefo - the son of a Nigerian politician - pretended to help the woman before holding her captive in his car and then raping her on a bed at his flat.

At the time of sentencing the judge described the attack as "particularly brutal and degrading".

He was ordered for deportation last December and now, after an appeal to the Upper Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chamber, has failed in his human rights bid to stay.

Lawyers for the rapist had argued that he had lawfully lived in the UK for four years as a student and had hoped to be granted indefinite leave to remain once he finished his studies and found a job.

Anoliefo argued that he had a cousin in the UK as well as a girlfriend from the country- who had not seen him since 2008.

Rejecting his appeal, Mr Justice Blake said a more substantial private life would need to be shown in a case where someone had not previously had indefinite leave to stay in the country.

He said: "It is unfortunate that permission to appeal was granted, since this appeal is wholly without merit.

"It is obvious that, where a claimant has been convicted of rape and the conviction upheld on appeal, and certainly any rape with the aggravating features identified by the sentencing judge, even if there were private life to be weighed in the balance, no properly self-directing judge could have done other than to have dismissed the appeal on the basis that the public interest manifestly outweighed it."

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