Two brothers who murdered a man in his own home have been allowed to stay in Britain together because of their human right to a ‘family life’.
One of the grounds for granting the second brother authorisation to remain was so he could be near to his sibling – who had already successfully evaded deportation himself.
In 2003 Nuno and Luis Ramos were part of a mob that ransacked a businessman’s house, brutally tortured him and callously left him to die.
The judge who sentenced them for the despicable crime said they should be sent back to their homeland, Portugal, at the end of their sentences.
But after a legal battle lasting five years, immigration judges have revoked the deportation orders.
In Nuno’s case, the judge said the adjudication was established partly on his ‘right to enjoy’ a family life in Britain with his girlfriend, even though he does not live with her, their baby boy and Luis, 24, his brother and accomplice in the murder.
It is the latest example of how article 8 of the Human Rights Act is helping to halt the removal of some of the worst foreign criminals.
In the past year alone, 26 have been permitted to stay in the country because of their ‘right to family life’.
The Ramos brothers arrived in Britain from Portugal in 1998, aged twelve and ten.
In July 2003 they were members of a gang of eight youths, including three girls, who invaded the north-west London home of Joao DaCosta Mitendele, 47, to steal from him.
Mr Mitendele was battered with a baseball bat, stabbed in the legs, bound by his hands and feet, and had a black cloth bag tied over his face.
The gang fled with cash, valuable jewellery and several other items, leaving their victim lying face down in his hallway. He died in less than an hour.
At the trial, Nuno Ramos admitted manslaughter and conspiracy to rob, while Luis denied both offences but was convicted by a jury.
Judge David Paget, QC, called the crime ‘wicked and callous’.
Nuno was jailed for nine years and Luis for seven, for manslaughter and conspiracy to rob.
The Home Office gave orders to deport both men when their sentences had finished.
Luis, the first to be freed, appealed against deportation and claimed a sickening win.
Nuno then launched an appeal while still in prison in 2008.
Despite the killing, and two further drugs offences committed after his release, immigration judges said he does not represent a threat to the public.
This,amalgamated with his right to a ‘family life’, meant he could stay.
Last week, Home Secretary Theresa May published new procedures for judges which state foreign offenders should normally be deported, irrespective of their claims about having a right to a family life.
It seems that Mr Mitendele’s ‘right to a family life’ was viciously taken away from him 9 years ago and this is a heinous slur on his and his family’s memory.
Only the British National Party have the courage to stand up and call for a halt to this madness and would ensure every last foreign criminal would be sent packing after completing any prison sentence.