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Failure to deport rapist attacked

Andrew Rowe
Rowe has been given an indeterminate sentence

The failure to deport a rapist who then went on to carry out further attacks in London is a "real blight" on the record of ministers, the Tories have said.

Andrew Rowe, a Jamaican national, attacked two 18-year-old women after his release from prison in 2000 for the indecent assault of a 14-year-old girl.

Rowe, 36, was given an indeterminate sentence for the two recent attacks.

Shadow home secretary Chris Grayling said Rowe should not have been allowed to remain in the country.

Heinous crime

Mr Grayling said: "The failure to deport foreign prisoners has been a real blight on the record of this Government.

People will simply not understand why someone like this was allowed to stay in the country
Chris Grayling

"People will simply not understand why someone like this was allowed to stay in the country."

The Home Office refused to say why Rowe was not deported.

David Wood, head of detention and criminality for the UK Border Agency, described Rowe's crime as "heinous" and said the authorities would seek to deport him at the end of his sentence.

Judge John Price said in both the attacks Rowe approached his victims and charmed them, persuading them to get into his car in south London.

He then drove them to empty flats before assaulting them.

Rowe, of no fixed address, was convicted of rape, assault by penetration and attempted rape at a hearing earlier this year. He had denied all the charges.

He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, possession of drugs and failure to register as a sex offender.

Rowe was stopped by police in February after he was spotted driving erratically in Albion Street, Rotherhithe, in south-east London.

Officers found him in possession of cocaine and it was after his arrest that it became known he was wanted for the two sex assaults.

An indeterminate sentence means after the offender has served a minimum tariff he or she must prove through special classes and other intensive supervision, that they have been reformed to be released.

If the offender fails to prove this the jail term will be extended. Rowe's tariff was set at six years.



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