United Kingdom (U.K.) prosecutors may recommend the deportation of 31-year-old Haji Kaloga, a Gambian resident in Bradford, England after he confessed and pleaded guilty to rape charges involving an 11 Year old girl (name withheld). Haji is ordered to serve 13-year term.
Even though Gambians are widely regarded as law abiding, industrious and ambitious, prompting a sudden mood of dismay and disbelief, this particular case is also a test and shocking experiment among the Gambian community living in the area.
Sillah Baye who knows Haji, told this correspondent that he was totally shaken and shocked but was quick to add ‘‘he is merely one rotten person amongst a whole lot of good guys.’’
Following the conviction, The Point has been informed that the likely recommendation for deportation was made especially when the presiding judge, Andrew Haslam QC at the Bradford Crown Court described the sexual assault as ‘‘quiet horrifying…against a truly remarkable young girl.’’
The prosecution highlighting the case also explained how ‘terrified’ the young girl was when he forcefully entered her room as well as the way and manner she escaped the rapist by “leaping out the window and calling the police.’’
However, a dreadful narrative of what took place was also revealed further shocking an entire community. The active involvement of the child protection Agencies as well as NSPCC also reportedly contributed to the recommendation of Haji’s seclusion.
Furthermore, the victim’s statement had impacted both parties especially when she said: ‘‘…I want you to know that what you have done to me, or ever said to me, is something I won’t ever forget until I die…sooner or later. One day, you will hear that I have become something that you can never imagine…I hope that I never ever meet a man like you again’’.
Despite the regrets expressed including his lawyer barrister Kitty Colley, strong words noting that Haji had no ; ‘‘previous conviction and was a hardworking man’’ cannot avoid a conviction. Notwithstanding the deep sorrow and remorse, his lawyer also suggested that he was equally convinced that a deportation was likely.
The prosecution had earlier said that all the evidence had linked the accused person to the crime as well as DNA collected and certified.
Accordingly Haji wouldn’t be set free until a Parole Board accepted that it is safe for him to be released again within the community.
Author: Alhagie Mbye,
The Point’s Europe correspondent