Monday, October 28, 2013

UK: Illegal immigrant bouncer escapes deportation twice before raping a woman in her home

An illegal immigrant was twice spared from being deported before raping a woman in in her own home.Idreez Popoola, 34, should have been booted out of Britain in 2006 after his temporary UK visa expired but he was allowed to continue living and working in the country. In December 2011 he was arrested and told to return to his native Nigeria but he successfully appealed the ruling. Judges granted the nightclub bouncer temporary leave to stay in January 2012 because he had a wife and child. Just 11 months later on December 29 last year, he brutally attacked and raped a woman in her home in Northampton. Sentencing Popoola, Judge Lynn Tayton told him: "It was a serious aggravating factor that the rape took place in the victim's own home as this was an abuse of the trust placed in you by the victim and has undermined her feelings of safety in her own space." He was jailed for seven years at Northampton Crown Court on October 18 after he was found guilty of rape following a four day trial last month. He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders' Register for life. Judge Tayton also told him he would be automatically deported back to Nigeria on his release from prison. The court heard Popoola met his victim while working as an agency-employed bouncer outside Bar So in Northampton town centre. Gordon Aspden, prosecuting, said: "Mr Popoola met his victim at a McDonald's restaurant in Northampton before taking her to a pub. "He then persuaded the woman to take him back to her home, she said she was reassured by the fact he was a bouncer and thought he would have been subject to background security checks." The court heard that almost as soon as he was inside the woman's house in Northampton, Popoola made strong sexual advances towards her before raping her. A victim impact statement revealed the woman had suffered depression since the attack and had also been forced to move address as she felt her home had been “violated” by Popoola.

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