A woman sexually assaulted by an immigrant yesterday won her six-and-a-half year battle to have her attacker deported.
Gabrielle Browne, 44, was training for the London Marathon on a towpath when she was attacked by Mohamed Kendeh in 2003.
The 22-year-old immigrant, from Sierra Leone, also admitted carrying out a string of assaults on at least 11 women - striking when they were alone or with children in public parks.However, despite attempts by the Home Office to deport him, Britain's top immigration judge refused, claiming that to do so would breach his human rights.
Yesterday, a crown court judge overruled that controversial judgement.
Kendeh, then 16, grabbed Mrs Browne from behind before dragging her along the ground and trying to rape her.
After his arrest, she discovered he had recently been released from a young offenders institution after being found guilty of four sexual assaults on lone women when he was just 15.
All of the attacks took place in parks - two on women who had young children with them at the time.
Kendeh, then a heavy cannabis smoker, had also committed burglaries, theft, arson, drug offences and taken a vehicle without consent.
Despite this history, Kendeh was released on bail - only to carry out another attack on a woman by herself in her home a month later.Olatokunbo Atanda, for the defence, said yesterday: 'Mr Kendeh is 22, he has had a very troubled childhood, he has been incarcerated for most of his life and is unable to deal with normal life anymore.