Thursday, January 11, 2007

An illegal immigrant from Zimbabwe has been allowed to stay in Britain even though he engaged in criminal activities

Daily Mail:

An illegal immigrant jailed for stalking and threatening to kill his former lover was freed yesterday and allowed to stay in Britain - because deporting him would breach his human rights.

Zimbabwean Ottis Bere assaulted 40-year-old Lisa Moore and held her captive. The former soldier also threatened to kill her and her mother.

He was eventually jailed - and his sentence lengthened when he sent her a threatening letter from prison. The 31-year-old should have been deported when freed because he was discharged from the Army after 18 months.

But an asylum tribunal last month ruled that would breach his human rights because as a former soldier he would have been in danger in Zimbabwe.

Miss Moore, who is being protected by police, said last night: 'He is free to stalk me even though he is an illegal immigrant and convicted criminal.

'I feel like I will be looking over my shoulder for the rest of my life.'

Miss Moore, who owns sports bra firm Boobytrap, met Bere in Chichester, West Sussex in September 2002. But weeks into their relationship he became an 'unpredictable monster'.

Miss Moore, of Waterlooville, Hampshire, said: 'He would pull the car hand brake while I was driving along at speed, and tell me to "behave" or he would kill us both.'

Restraining orders were eventually imposed on Bere, who has worked as a stripper.

But at Portsmouth Magistrates' Court last February, he was jailed for breaching them.

Miss Moore said she had been told he would be monitored after being released, but said it was not good enough.

The Home Office said it did not comment on individual cases.

The victim of a stalker from Zimbabwe has been told he will not be deported even though the Home Office ordered that he be thrown out of the country


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