An illegal immigrant who made a mockery of Britain’s deportation system was yesterday jailed for life for battering a man to death.
Jaswinder Singh, who was also wanted in Germany, had been in and out of prison and immigration detention centres for almost a decade.
But he was repeatedly freed without being removed and even granted bail by immigration judges.
At one stage, Singh was among 1,000 foreign criminals released from prison without being considered for deportation in a scandal which led to the sacking of Home Secretary Charles Clarke in 2006.
It saw his successor John Reid brand the Home Office ‘not fit for purpose’.
In the latest case, Singh, 60, attacked homeless 31 year-old Harbarjan Singh and two friends with a metal bar as they slept in a cemetery in Ilford, Essex.