Somali rapist who should have been deported after being jailed for brutal gang rape in 2007 was allowed to stay in UK and became a drug dealer while claiming benefits
- Abdulmajid Al-Amodi jailed for eight years in 2007 for raping 17-year-old
- He was told by judge at the time he would be deported after he left jail
- But he was freed after four years only to live on benefits and deal drugs
- Home Office has refused to say why he wasn’t deported after sentence
A Somali sex attacker who should have been deported after serving his sentence for a brutal gang rape was instead set free to become a drug dealer.
In 2007 Abdulmajid Al-Amodi, 26, was jailed for eight years after he was convicted of a gang rape of a 17-year-old student.
At the time, the court heard he was filmed, laughing making jokes about ‘roasting pork’ in a 50 second clip.
He was told by a judge he had behaved like an animal and his student immigration status in Britain should be revoked and that he would be deported.
Instead he was released after four years in prison and moved back to Hull – where he originally raped the teenager – where he became a crack cocaine dealer while claiming £140 benefits every two weeks.
However, Al-Amodi, from Hull, was back behind bars today after being found guilty of possession of cocaine with intent to supply.
He was told by a judge he should be deported again.
His family say they will fight the second deportation. The Home Office say they ‘are committed to deporting this individual’ – but only at the end of his sentence.
In the latest hearing a jury of five women and seven men took less than an hour to find Al-Amodi guilty of dealing drugs after a three-day trial at Hull Crown Court.
Sentencing Al-Amodi to two and a half years in prison Judge Mark Bury said the sentence meant he would be considered for deportation again: ‘You have been convicted on overwhelming evidence of street dealing.
‘Maybe you were drug running for someone. Your previous conviction is only relevant in as much as you fought a trial and the jury did not believe you then, as they do not now.
‘I make no assumptions about your national status. As far as I am aware you are Somalian national who was recommended for deportation in 2007.
‘Whether or not you were given British Citizenship after that I do not know. If you have citizenship then the under the provisions of the new UK Border Act you will now be considered for deportation.’
Crown barrister David Hall said he did not believe Al-Amodi was ever given British citizenship. He said he could not account for how he had slipped through the net and not sent back to Somalia.
The jury in the latest trial heard Al-Amodi was watched by two undercover police officer making three street deals in Waterloo Street, Hull before they moved in to arrest him on August 14 2014.
He had two wraps of cocaine and £33 in cash.
He had dealer digital scales, a razor blade and cling film at his home. There were more than 20 text messages relating to the sale of drugs on his Blackberry mobile phone.
He made no comment in police interview instead claiming he was robbed and beaten at gun point in his home and claimed police did nothing to clamp down on the drug dealers he named in his neighbourhood.
In 2006 Abdulmajid Al-Amodi, then 18, was convicted of rape on a 17-year-old student who had gone to his flat to sleep after a party. The attack by three men was filmed.
Sentencing him at Hull Crown Court in July 2006 Judge Tom Cracknell said: ‘You took advantage of that girl in her state to satisfy your basic lust.
‘You behaved like a pack of animals. You had no concern about her dignity or anything. It was absolutely disgusting.’
FOREIGN KILLERS, RAPISTS AND DRUG DEALERS BACK ON STREETS
Foreign criminals who commit serious offences are automatically considered for deportation.
Non-EU nationals who are jailed for 12-months or more are routinely considered for deportation at the end of their sentence.
But until last year, foreign criminals could not be put on a plane until the last of their appeals – which could include applications to an immigration tribunal, the Appeal Court and the Supreme Court – had ended.
Last year, Home Secretary Theresa May changed the rules in cases where the foreign criminal would not be put in grave danger by appealing from overseas.
Human rights lawyers insisted this was unfair and mounted court challenges.
But Government officials said a string of test cases, in which the new regime was challenged under judicial review, have been rejected, with the migrants deported before their appeals were heard.
The number of grounds on which they can contest their removal has been reduced from a staggering 17 to just four.
He told Al Amodi he should serve the full eight years and be recommended to be deportation back to Somalia at the end of the prison term.
Outside court Almodi’s elder brother was anxious to find out where he would be sent to prison. He said his brother had not been granted full citizenship because he had not passed the written test. He said he had not been deported.
‘We left Somalia because of the violence there.
‘He cannot go back.
‘He has a girlfriend and a young daughter here. He will fight deportation.’
A Home Office spokesman said: ‘Foreign nationals who commit crimes in the UK should be in no doubt of our determination to deport them – we have removed more than 23,000 since 2010.
‘The Home office remains committed to deporting this individual from the UK.’
He said ‘Non-EU nationals who are jailed for 12-months or more are routinely considered for deportation at the end of their sentence.
Almodi’s older brother Mahasmoud Abi Al-Almudi, 27, was recommended for deportation in 2006 be the same judge after being convicted of attempted rape. He too remains in the UK.