Rapist could be deported

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A convicted rapist could face deportation after he was caught using someone else’s debit card to buy two mobile phones at a supermarket in Brighouse.

Bradford Crown Court heard how Nigerian ‘overstayer’ Damilare Awobona was arrested by police in Bradford last September after an unsuccessful attempt to buy another mobile phone the same day.

Following a struggle with a police officer and a security guard the 21-year-old Londoner was found to be in possession of a fake driving licence and the debit card he had used at the Tesco store on Bradford Road, Brighouse, earlier to purchase two Blackberry phones.

During his sentence hearing, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC was told that in 2008 Awobona was locked up for nine years for rape.

His lawyer Michael Reeves said Awobona came to this country to live with is sister at the age of 12 following the tragic death of his parents in Nigeria.

He said his client, who has now been recalled to custody for breaching his licence, lived in London with a partner who was pregnant and expecting a child in August.

Awobona, who took part in the hearing via a video link to Leeds Prison, pleaded guilty to possessing an identity document with an improper intention in relation to the driving licence which contained his photo but someone else’s name.

He also admitted possessing the NatWest Visa debit card for use in fraud.

Judge Durham Hall said Awobona had come here for the best of reasons due to his tragic personal circumstances, but in 2008 he was before a crown court facing multiple charges of rape and received nine years.

“It follows that these offences committed on September 28, 2012, must have been within a reasonably short period of your release,” said Judge Hall.

He jailed Awobona for a total of 16 months but added: “The Home Office I am sure, if they are doing their duty which I know they do with great assiduity, will be looking at your status.”