An illegal immigrant jailed for attempted rape received £27,000 ($33,500) of taxpayers’ money – three times the compensation his victim was entitled to – because he was held in custody for too long.

Bashdar Abdulla Qarani, 36, was supposed to have been deported from Britain in 2005 after being refused asylum. He had only managed to get into the UK by falsely claiming he was an Iranian opposition party member fleeing persecution. In fact, he is Kurdish.

He spent the next 12 years avoiding deportation, despite committing numerous offences in the UK including theft and carrying a knife between January 2010 and November 2011. Even though he has a criminal history, he was granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK in August 2010.

On November 13, 2012 Qarani was jailed at Swansea Crown Court for four years for attempting to rape a woman.

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