Gabrielle Browne: 'My battle to get offender deported'
A woman who spent years fighting to get a foreign national who sexually assaulted her deported, says she hopes increasing pressure on the government and justice system will lead to quicker deportations in the future.
Gabrielle Browne was attacked by a man from Sierra Leone in 2003, who had just been released from prison for robbery. He was convicted and jailed but went on to commit a series of other offences.
The offender avoided deportation for years claiming a right to family life under Article 8 of the Human Rights Act, but was eventually deported in 2012.
On Wednesday the National Audit Office said the number of foreign prisoners had gone up despite a near tenfold increase in officials working on their cases.
The Home Office said recently enacted powers meant it was becoming easier to remove foreign offenders from the UK.
Gabrielle Browne said she hoped the new powers and pressure on the government and justice system would help speed up deportations in the future.
22 Oct 2014
- From the section UK