A bid in order to deport a ruthless armed thief ended in farce when migration officials in Portugal insisted he or she had not been from the country â? and made him catch the flight returning to the UK.
Paulo Antonio, whose true identity continues to be a mystery, was jailed intended for nine years for robbing the post office with an bogus gun.
But after he finished his sentence in 2010, Lisbon officials said âthere was simply no evidenceâ? he was Portuguese plus refused to accept him.
Seven years on, Antonio is nevertheless living in the united kingdom and, financed by legal aid, is at this point fighting deportation to Jamaica.
Paulo Antonio, pictured, was jailed within the UK for armed thievery and sent to Portugal right after completing his sentence, only in order to be returned by immigration authorities because there was ‘no evidence’ he was Portuguese
Although the house Workplace believes he is Jamaican, the particular countryâs officials say there is usually no proof he is 1 of theirs and have opposed attempts to receive him.
Antonio is currently back on the roads and is embroiled in the compensation battle for being unlawfully detained after his failed expulsion to Portugal.
In another strike to the British taxpayer, he or she was granted legal aid in order to seek compensation for being kept by police who have been trying in order to determine his real nationality.
He initially won Â£50, 000 within damages but, following an attractiveness by the Home Office, had been stripped of the pay-out final month. Â
A new hearing directly into the former reggae DJâs payment claim is due later this season â? further delaying efforts in order to deport him.
In the Courtroom of Appeal trial to overturn Antonioâs award, it was exposed which he has confused UK migration officials with a series associated with lies about his background.
Antonio is also embroiled inside a payment battle after initially winning the Â£50, 000 pay-out to be ‘illegally detained’ by police, just for the particular Court of Appeal, pictured, in order to overturn the decision last month
He delayed his deportation by providing two dates of birth, 3 different names for his dad and two names for their mother.
He told the House Office in 2008 his mom was still alive but afterwards said she had died within Nebraska, US, in 1996. Â
In another interview he said the girl house have been destroyed in Storm Katrina in 2005 â? which usually hit the southern states associated with America, not Nebraska. Â
He had been âuncooperative and less than honest about his origins and background, and thus his nationalityâ? the particular Court of Appeal heard.
A trial in 2005 heard just how Antonio threatened staff having a bogus gun at a post workplace in Telford, Shropshire, in 2003, and escaped with Â£1, 300 in cash.
A post workplace worker told Shrewsbury Crown Courtroom: âHe was stood in front side of me pointing that gun. Â
The Home Office, pictured, believes they are Jamaican and is trying in order to have him deported
‘I was terrified for my entire life and I believed I would leave my kids without a mother. â? ***)
Antonio targeted another post office within Telford but left empty-handed. This individual was convicted of robbery, tried robbery and using an bogus firearm.
Last night the House Office said: âThis Government places the rights from the British community before those of criminals, plus foreign nationals who abuse our own hospitality by committing crimes within the UK should be within no doubt of our own determination in order to deport them. Â
‘We have taken out over 35, 000 foreign nationwide offenders since 2010. â? ***)
THE VIOLENT CRIMINAL WE STILL CANNOT GET RID OFÂ
October 2003: Antonio threatens staff in a post office with a good imitation gun and takes Â£1, 300 in cash.
July 2005: He is jailed for 9 years for armed robbery.
September 2010: Antonio is put upon a plane to Portugal intended for