Zimbabwean national Wilfred Mosira was convicted of two counts of sexual activity with a 13-year-old girl and jailed for a total of three years in 2012.
Mosira’s offences, committed when he was 25, meant he faced deportation as a “foreign criminal” under the UK Borders Act 2007 and was told the then home secretary Theresa May intended to deport him on his release from prison.
His appeal to a first-tier immigration tribunal against deportation was rejected but an upper tribunal ruled in September 2015 it had not been open to Mrs May to withdraw his refugee status in the way she did.
The tribunal also found, since his offending, Mosira now presented only a low risk to the public and there was not sufficient public interest justifying his removal under the rules of the 1951 Refugee Convention.
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