CRACK­DOWN ON FOR­EIGN CRIM­I­NALS WHO SNEAK BACK TO UK

Daily Mail - - Front Page - By Daniel Martin and Ian Drury

FOR­EIGN crim­i­nals and child abusers face tougher sen­tences un­der plans in the Queen’s Speech to­day.

The prison terms for those who sneak back into the UK in breach of de­por­ta­tion or­ders would be length­ened from weeks to years.

In a fur­ther clam­p­down, killers and rapists would no longer be freed half­way through their sen­tences. They would in­stead serve at least two thirds of their time.

An­other law would see mur­der­ers who refuse to re­veal where they buried their vic­tims spend­ing longer be­hind bars.

The pro­posed leg­is­la­tion will ex­tend to pae­dophiles who stay silent about their crimes. This fol­lows anger over the re­lease of de­praved nurs­ery worker Vanessa Ge­orge after just a decade in­side.

The Queen’s Speech also cov­ers post-Brexit im­mi­gra­tion, plas­tic pol­lu­tion and build­ing safety. On crime and pun­ish­ment it in­cludes:

■ New laws to crack down on the ‘epi­demic’ of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence;

■ Tougher com­mu­nity sen­tences to re­store pub­lic con­fi­dence in the jus­tice sys­tem;

■ Faster ex­tra­di­tion for of­fend­ers wanted abroad, with­out the need

for the au­thor­i­ties to ap­ply for a war­rant;

■ Greater pro­tec­tion for po­lice of­fi­cers in­volved in car chases.

Home Sec­re­tary Priti Pa­tel said: ‘ De­ter­ring for­eign crim­i­nals from re- en­ter­ing the coun­try and putting those that do be­hind bars for longer will make our coun­try safer.’

Around 400 crim­i­nals are es­ti­mated to breach de­por­ta­tion or­ders each year. Those who are caught face a max­i­mum of six months in jail but typ­i­cally serve just ten weeks.

Min­is­ters have de­cided the tougher sen­tences should stretch to years, but have not yet agreed a tar­iff. They say the leg­is­la­tion will also dis­rupt the ac­tiv­i­ties of net­works that fa­cil­i­tate the il­le­gal re­turn of of­fend­ers.

In Au­gust the Daily Mail re­vealed that an Al­ba­nian dou­ble mur­derer was twice al­lowed to sneak into Britain and live here for 13 years.

Gen­tian Doda, a mem­ber of a no­to­ri­ous crime syn­di­cate, was granted a Bri­tish pass­port un­der a false name while on the run for the killings, which in­cluded gun­ning down an in­no­cent

‘Com­pound the grief of fam­i­lies’

young fa­ther with a Kalash­nikov.

A sep­a­rate mea­sure in the Queen’s Speech aims to en­sure pae­dophiles who fail to re­veal the iden­tity of their vic­tims will stay in prison for longer.

The proposal to pe­nalise crim­i­nals who stay silent comes un­der ‘He­len’s Law’ after He­len McCourt, a 22-yearold in­sur­ance clerk mur­dered in 1988 by pub land­lord Ian Simms.

He has al­ways re­fused to re­veal the lo­ca­tion of her body.

Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Robert Buck­land wants to ex­tend this leg­is­la­tion to cover sex­ual abusers after pub­lic out­rage over the case of Ge­orge, 49.

De­spite re­fus­ing to say which tod­dlers she had mo­lested in the nurs­ery where she worked in Ply­mouth she was re­leased after just ten years in jail.

Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence will also be tack­led un­der the leg­isla­tive pro­pos­als.

More than 732,000 such of­fences were recorded by po­lice in the year to March – a 22 per cent an­nual in­crease.

A Do­mes­tic Abuse Bill was brought to Par­lia­ment in July by Theresa May but it was au­to­mat­i­cally dropped when Par­lia­ment was sus­pended and min­is­ters have now kept a prom­ise to rein­tro­duce it.

De­spite the pomp and pageantry around the Queen’s Speech, it is likely to be voted down in the com­ing days as Boris John­son is more than 40 votes short of a House of Com­mons ma­jor­ity.

In­stead, the pro­pos­als will form the back­bone of the Con­ser­va­tives’ man­i­festo for an elec­tion ex­pected in weeks.

Labour’s Shadow Home Sec­re­tary Diane Ab­bott said: ‘It is hyp­o­crit­i­cal for the Tories to set out these plans when they were the ones who im­posed cuts and let crime soar in the first place. Ev­ery­thing was cut, from schools, to the NHS, to the po­lice, to men­tal health ser­vices. They all had ter­ri­ble con­se­quences.

‘This Queen’s Speech is far­ci­cal. It is just an un­costed wish list which the Gov­ern­ment has no in­ten­tion and no means to de­liver, and noth­ing more than a pre-elec­tion party po­lit­i­cal broad­cast.

‘We al­ways ar­gued that cuts have con­se­quences.’

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