Wednesday, May 27, 2015

UK: Illegal immigrant who groomed schoolgirl, 15, for sex in Travelodge applies for asylum

An illegal immigrant who tried to have sex with a 15-year-old schoolgirl in a Travelodge is being allowed to apply for asylum.Subayer Ahmed, who arrived in Britain from Bangladesh in 2009 on a student visa, is thought to have overstayed and to have used a fake passport to claim British citizenship. The 29-year-old, of Burnley, Lancashire, used a false name to groom the 15-year-old and arranged to meet her in Manchester on August 11 last year. While CCTV caught them together at the city's Odeon cinema, the pair moved to a Travelodge where one member of staff saw the pair together - and thought something was wrong. Emma Kehoe, prosecuting, told Burnley Crown Court: "One of the staff at the Travelodge saw an Asian man come into the Travelodge that evening, just before 10pm and she noticed a young female with him. "She felt that the young female looked uncomfortable. She also felt she was far was too young to be with the Asian male. "She became concerned about the well-being of that young girl and she contacted the police." Police turned up to the hotel and broke into the room to find the two fully clothed in the room. The court heard that Ahmed, a restaurant worker, had met the girl on Facebook and communicated with her using the social media site and texting application Whatsapp. Inquiries revealed in October 2013, Ahmed sent an application for UK citizenship in the name of Rezahul Shastab with a passport in that name, with the same date of birth, saying his place of birth was Bangladesh. Home Office officials identified the documents as being fake with no record of a man using that name to enter the UK. Ahmed has since been served with a deportation notice by the police. And today, he was jailed for 32 months after pleading guilty to Ahmed admitted two charges of meeting a child following sexual grooming, one charge of sexual activity with a child, one of providing a false document with intent to obtain leave to remain in the UK and one of possessing a false document with intent. However, the court also heard that Ahmed had applied for asylum - and his application will take six months while he serves his sentence. The court also heard that Ahmed had had contact with another 15-year-old girl. Passing sentence, Judge Jonathan Gibson told Ahmed: "You went to the hotel room and it's quite clear your intention was to have sexual intercourse with the girl. "You were disturbed and that did not take place. "I understand that you are applying for asylum. I'm afraid, based on the information that I have, it would seem to me that given what you did to these two young girls, you shouldn't really be in the United Kingdom."

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