A Somali rapist whose deportation was halted after a mutiny of passengers on his plane is now finally being sent back home 16 years after he was first arrested.
Yaqub Ahmed, then 19, and living in Clerkenwell, North London and three other sick criminals gang raped a 16-year-old in 2007. He was convicted and jailed for the attack for nine years in 2008.
He should have been deported in October 2018 but the protesters halted his removal, and he was then controversially released back on to the streets in March 2019 after being given bail.
Officials escorting Ahmed on the flight to Turkey abandoned his deportation shortly before take-off after around a dozen passengers – unaware of his sickening crime – took pity on him and angrily intervened.
Ahmed, now 34, was hauled of the flight from Heathrow after holiday makers chanted ‘take him off the plane’ as the convicted sex offender screamed.
But he is now finally being sent home after being sent to a detention centre in June 2019, 16 years after his heinous crime, the Sun reports.
Conservative MP for Amber Valley Nigel Mills told the paper that he hails the news of Ahmed’s deportation.
‘It was a sickening crime and he has no right to walk free in Britain,’ he said.
He said the UK needs to send a ‘strong message’ to offenders that they are not welcome in the country but warned that this will not be the ‘only case of its kind’.
‘You think that was a bad scream? Try hearing the screams that I made,’ said Ahmed’s victim ‘Hannah’ (not her real name) in 2018 in a powerful message to the ‘bleeding heart’ passengers who decided to intervene to prevent his removal from the UK.
At the time she asked: ‘How could you defend a rapist? How could you intervene? He was in handcuffs, he was being taken out of the country… who are you people to interfere with justice?
‘Fair enough you didn’t know the situation, but now I hope you feel proud of yourselves because you stopped something that I have waited for for so long: something that made me feel that little bit safer.’
Yaqub Ahmed seen onboard flight from Heathrow to Istanbul in 2018
Describing her horrifying experience to the MoS in 2018, Hannah said she was lured into a trap by men who got her to enter a flat in Crouch End on the false pretense her friend was waiting for her.
‘I got to the place and my friend wasn’t there. They said she had gone to the shop and that she was coming back.
‘They did what they did. They held me down. They took turns.
‘I kept trying to get at them. That’s why they had me on my front, so I couldn’t get to them easily and then one of them turned me over and I got him by the neck. I just felt this adrenaline. I remember just grabbing him, trying to get any part of him, trying to grab his face. I was trying to bite and claw.’
Hannah punched one of her attackers, only to be punched back. Despite being stunned by the blow, she managed to force her way past the men and escape, tumbling down a flight of stairs as she fled.
By the time she burst free, neighbours who had heard her screams had alerted police who arrested the men at the scene.
Despite overwhelming forensic evidence, the men, aged between 18 and 20 at the time, denied rape, forcing Hannah to relive the ordeal during several days of cross-examination at a trial. It left her even more traumatised. ‘They had four barristers and they were saying some awful things to me. The things they said to me messed me up for years.’
Yaqub Ahmed, then 19 and living in Clerkenwell, North London; Adnan Mohamud, 19, who lived in the flat where the rape took place; and Adnan Barud, 21, from Holloway, North London, were each jailed for nine years for planning and carrying out the rape. A fourth man, Ondogo Ahmed, 19, also of Holloway, received eight years for conspiracy to rape.
As he sentenced them, the judge said their actions would have a severe psychological impact on their victim.
By OLIVER PRICE