A Pakistani businessman yesterday escaped prison and deportation after being found guilty of a string of sex offences.
Naeem Waqas Rehmat was sentenced to three years' probation after being found guilty of sexually assaulting two women and a 14-year-old girl.
The 24-year-old restaurant manager appeared at Forfar Sheriff Court faced with possible deportation under the Immigration Act.
Rehmat, of 137 Dundee Road, Forfar, assaulted the women and the teenager at various addresses in Forfar in separate incidents over two years.
He assaulted one woman on various occasions between February 8 and May 8, 2005. And on a separate occasion he assaulted a second woman on one occasion between October 1 and October 31, 2005.
He was also found guilty of using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices towards a 14-year-old girl, on March 28.
Advocate Tim Niven-Smith said Rehmat entered the UK in February 2005.As a commenter at Laban Tall's blog points out, this means that he must have started his run of perversion almost as soon as he stepped off the plane.
So, we appear stuck with both of these lowlife. At least Kwidzinski should be out of action for the next four years or so. But Rehmat, a man who attacked two women and an underage girl in the space of a few months, and whose entire life in the UK has centred around his perverted criminality, is still walking the streets as freely as you or I. I think that if I were a woman living in the environs of Forfar, I'd want to take self-defence classes, and possibly get my hands on a knife as well.
A Polish migrant subjected a British woman to a violent rape only one week after he arrived in Britain, a court heard.
Michal Piotr Kwidzinski, 22, seized a 38-year-old barmaid as she walked home from work in the early hours.
The burly 6ft 5in Pole dragged his petite 5ft 2in victim into a builder's van where he raped her three times whilst holding her down by the neck and beating her head on the floor.
[...]Sentencing him to nine years in prison, of which he will serve half, Judge John Neligan said it was "pointless" for him to recommend deportation after he has served his sentence because of "the current state of the law".
However, the failure to give Rehmat a lengthy custodial sentence is not the only thing wrong with the decisions of the judges in these cases. The second point is that both Rehmat and Kwidzinski are being allowed to remain in this country, when they should be deported. When they entered into Britain, they entered on sufferance, on condition that they abide by the law of the land. Having failed, and failed spectacularly, to do that, they have forfeited any right they may have had to remain here, and should be sent back the moment their sentences come to an end. Sadly, however, it seems that we now have a completely open door immigration policy, in which we cannot even deport murderers, let alone rapists and child abusers, and in which the detritus of every society on Earth are welcome to come to Britain, secure in the knowledge that they're coming to a country that is a very soft touch, not just on immigration, but on crime as well.
In related news, I read that the number of Britons emigrating to Australia has tripled in recent years. You can't blame them, can you?