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A Northampton MP has called for an inquiry into the case of a Northampton bouncer who raped a woman after twice being spared deportation by using human rights legislation.


Idreez Popoola, aged 34, has been sentenced to seven years in prison after he attacked a woman in her home in Northampton on December 29 last year, after meeting her while working as an agency-employed bouncer outside Bar So in the town centre.

A court heard that Popoola came to the UK on a 12-month visa in 2005, but was then arrested by police officers in December 2011 and was found to be an ‘overstayer’, an immigrant who had not left the country by an agreed date.

However, Nigerian national Popoola successfully appealed the ruling, arguing the Human Rights Act provided him with the right to stay with his wife and children.

Conservative MP for Northampton North, Michael Ellis, said he was “sick and tired” of hearing about these abuses of the flaws in our immigration system.

Mr Ellis said: “The immigration system clearly has enormous challenges which need to be addressed.

“I think there should be an inquiry in this case by the appropriate authorities to decide whether this was negligence or an error which caused this situation to occur.”

Judge Lynn Tayton, sentencing Popoola, said it was a “serious aggravating factor” that the rape took place in the victim’s own home, as this undermined her feelings of safety in her own space.



A Home Office spokesman said tough rules had been introduced to protect the public from people who abused the Human Rights Act. He said: “Idreez Popoola has been found guilty of an appalling attack.

Those who come to the UK must abide by our laws and we will take all necessary steps to deport foreign criminals.

Our Immigration Bill will give the full force of primary legislation to our policy that foreign criminals should ordinarily be deported despite their claim to a family life.”

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