Sex offender is a member of a 'persecuted tribe'

A man who was part of a group of immigrants who lured local schoolgirls to a house for sex cannot be deported because he is a member of a "persecuted tribe", the High Court heard today.

Jumaa Kater Saleh, now aged 24, went to court in a bid to claim damages for unlawful detention during the government's failed bid to send him back to Sudan.

He was convicted of having sexual activity with a female under 16 in 2008.

High Court judge Philip Mott QC said that Saleh was a member of the 'Zaghawa' tribe in the Sudan, which was subject to widespread persecution, so he could not be deported.

Judge Mott rejected the application for damages saying his case failed "on all grounds".