Uxbridge Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by LOIS SWINNERTON lois.swinnerton@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @Lois Swinnerton

AN Iraqi “bad man” has been jailed for 15 years for beat­ing a fel­low de­tainee to death at a West Dray­ton im­mi­gra­tion fa­cil­ity af­ter tak­ing the drug Spice for the first time.

Zana Yusif, 32, killed Bangladeshi grand­fa­ther Tarek Chowd­hury in a cell at Colnbrook Im­mi­gra­tion Re­moval Cen­tre, in Har­mondsworth, on De­cem­ber 1 2016.

Yusif had ar­rived at the cen­tre two days be­fore and had stopped tak­ing his med­i­ca­tion, in­gest­ing Spice be­fore at­tack­ing his 64-year-old vic­tim.

The 32-year-old had gone into Mr Chowd­hury’s cell wear­ing no trousers and asked him for a light be­fore punch­ing him with force up to 12 times when he did not re­spond, a court was told.

Mr Chowd­hury was found ly­ing on the bot­tom bunk in the cell and was taken to hos­pi­tal by London Am­bu­lance Ser­vice, but he died later the same day at 9.24pm.

Det Insp James Steven­son, the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer from the Met’s Homi­cide and Ma­jor Crime Com­mand, said: “Mr Chowd­hury was vi­ciously set upon by an­other de­tainee and the fe­roc­ity of the at­tack ul­ti­mately led to his death.

“Yusif ad­mit­ted to his role in the at­tack and has today been jailed and can­not pose a dan­ger to oth­ers.”

Yusif pleaded guilty to man­slaugh­ter by di­min­ished re­spon­si­bil­ity on May 8 and was sen­tenced at the Old Bai­ley, on Mon­day Novem­ber 13, to 15 years in prison with a fur­ther five years on ex­tended li­cence.

Judge Richard Marks QC said Spice was a drug which was as­so­ci­ated with “au­di­tory hal­lu­ci­na­tions” and led to “ag­gres­sive be­hav­iour”.

He told Yusif: “It is clearly the case your in­ges­tion of Spice the day be­fore these events must have played a sig­nif­i­cant part in your ac­tions in car­ry­ing out this killing. Even if it was the first time you have taken Spice, it was in my judg­ment a gravely ir­re­spon­si­ble thing for you to have done.”

He said it was a “vi­cious and sus­tained at­tack” on a de­fence­less man and or­dered Yusif to be de­ported af­ter serv­ing his sen­tence.

The court heard how the vic­tim had come to Bri­tain around 14 years ago be­cause of his po­lit­i­cal be­liefs and had been sep­a­rated from his wife and two daugh­ters.

He was then found work­ing il­le­gally in a fish and chip shop in the West Mid­lands, where he has ex­tended fam­ily, and was told to leave the coun­try.

His sis­ter-in-law, Forida Habib, who had at­tended court hear­ings, said that be­fore his death his fam­ily in Bangladesh had been look­ing for­ward to be­ing re­united with him.

She said he was “un­recog­nis­able” when re­turned to them in a cof­fin.

She added: “He was a quiet man and we never thought any­thing like this would hap­pen to him as he would never hurt any­one. The fact his death was so bru­tal and avoid­able has made his death harder to deal with.”

The court heard of how Yusif was smug­gled into the coun­try in the back of a lorry when he was 17 years old to avoid join­ing the Iraqi army.

He lived in London and has con­vic­tions for 33 of­fences of dis­hon­esty, vi­o­lence and ha­rass­ment. The court also heard how he had men­tal health prob­lems and smoked skunk cannabis, which made his con­di­tion worse.

He was nick­named “bad man” by other in­hab­i­tants of the im­mi­gra­tion fa­cil­ity which he was be­ing held in af­ter he was is­sued with a de­por­ta­tion no­tice in 2014.

Zana Yusif

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