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Convicted sex offender is jailed
A man has been jailed for eight years for brutally raping a student after escaping deportation by claiming his homeland was too violent.

Iraqi born Kurd Ramzi Borkan, 36, had already been jailed for groping a 14-year-old schoolgirl before targeting the 21-year-old student.

He persuaded her back to his flat in Ladbroke Grove, west London, in December before attacking her.

Borkan admitted two counts of rape at Blackfriars Crown Court.

The court heard the 36-year-old strolled into the Japanese Centre in London's Piccadilly, where he saw the student studying the accommodation board and told her he had a room to let.

I regard you as posing a significant risk of serious harm to young women
Judge David Martineau

Borkan convinced her to return his flat where he raped her twice.

He even filmed part of the attack on his mobile phone.

Judge David Martineau said: "I regard you as posing a significant risk of serious harm to young women. There must be therefore a sentence of imprisonment for public protection."

Dealing with the question of deportation, the judge said "the mind boggles" when considering the reason he escaped being kicked out of Britain.

"I know you were born in Baghdad, but why can't you be deported to the Kurdish area in northern Iraq which I understand does not have the sort of violence that is found in the rest of the country."

The court heard Borkan first came to Britain on a bogus Indian passport in 1992.

'Human rights'

Five years later, he attacked the 14-year-old, who was taking part in a residential school course at Imperial College, London.

He was later jailed for four months and put on the sex offenders' register for seven years.

In 1997 he spotted a former lover and her new partner leaving a nightclub. He followed them to her flat, broke in, threatened them with a knife and, while keeping them prisoner for several hours, attacked the boyfriend.

He was jailed for two years for false imprisonment and actual bodily harm and was recommended for deportation.

Twelve months into his sentence he was admitted to a mental hospital.

He was then transferred to an immigration centre to await deportation.

The court was told he then successfully appealed against the Home Office's decision to return him to war-torn Iraq arguing it would "infringe his human rights".

In August last year he was released.

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