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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 February 2007, 18:01 GMT
Sex attacker's origins questioned
Sadiq Mohammed
Mohammed was jailed indefinitely by a judge on Wednesday
An MP has questioned the nationality of an alleged Somali asylum seeker convicted of molesting a seven-year-old girl from Bristol.

Sadiq Mohammed, 32, of Barton Hill, had been released from jail early after sexually assaulting four women and a 14-year-girl, before the latest attack.

On Wednesday he was found guilty of the latest offence and jailed indefinitely.

His MP Kerry McCarthy says she has spoken to members of the Somali community who claim he is from Kenya.

She told BBC News: "The evidence is very much anecdotal and has not been confirmed by any of the authorities.

"I have had people from the Somali community contact me and say, although he's of Somali descent, to use their words, they say he was brought up in Kenya and has never set foot in Somalia."

'Danger to women'

Mohammed arrived in Bristol, allegedly from Somalia, in 1990 and applied for asylum.

The Home Office would not confirm the status of the application, saying it did not comment on individual cases.

He was jailed for four years in 2000 for attacking three women including a 14-year-old girl, but was released halfway through his sentence.

At the time, Judge Lester Boothman recommended he be deported after describing him as a danger to women and his presence as "detrimental to the country".

Commenting on why Mohammed had not been deported, on Wednesday a Home Office spokesman said each case is considered on its merits.

"[This is] in accordance to our international obligations and taking full account of conditions in the country concerned as they impact on the individual," he said.

"We will only enforce return where we are satisfied that the individual concerned will not be at risk."




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