An unlawful immigrant deliberately acquired himself jailed so he can spend his time in jail making use of to ‘finally’ be despatched residence.
Oluwaleke Yisa, 30, has been wandering round London for seven years after repeatedly failing to get the authorities to repatriate him.
Having reached ‘the end of his tether’, the homeless Nigerian took a knife to an immigration heart and mentioned he wished to stab individuals.
His solicitor begged the choose to not cross a suspended sentence so he might e-book a a method journey to Africa – and Yisa’s want was granted with an eight week time period.
Yisa advised an immigration officer ‘I want to leave this f**king country’ throughout an appointment on the Home Office’s Becket House, in Bermondsey, on August 20.
When safety employees searched the bag he left behind they discovered the massive kitchen knife.
Asked why he had it, Yisa merely replied ‘to stab people’, Inner London Crown Court heard.
Yisa, of no mounted tackle, admitted possessing an offensive weapon.
He had not lengthy begun telling an immigration officer that he wished to be voluntarily repatriated to Nigeria when the dialogue was lower brief by safety employees discovering the blade.
Sunita Elliott, defending, defined that Yisa had come to the UK on a 12-month customer visa in 2012.
‘Unfortunately he has lost his passport,’ she mentioned.
‘As you can imagine, with someone with not papers and the ability to work here, he has struggled.’
Ms Elliott mentioned that Yisa, who knew no person within the UK, had tried to return to Nigeria many instances.
‘On that day of the incident, he was effectively at the end of his tether,’ mentioned Ms Elliott.
‘So he was trying to get back to Nigeria,’ mentioned Judge Jeremy Donne QC.
‘Has he been to the Nigerian Embassy?’
But Ms Elliott replied: ‘Unfortunately he didn’t assume to try this.
‘I have advised him that within prison there are immigration services.’
She urged the choose to not droop Yisa’s jail sentence so as to give him time to ship papers asking to be faraway from the UK.
‘He has told me he has built up some paperwork for immigration services expressing his desire to go home,’ she mentioned.
Jailing him for eight weeks, Judge Donne advised Yisa: ‘Whilst I must punish you for possession of an offensive weapon, I entirely understand the circumstances in which you came to commit this offence.’
He added: ‘After launch you’ll stay underneath supervision for an additional 12 months, until you permit this nation earlier than then.
‘That is clearly what you need and it’s what this nation ought to need for you as effectively.
‘I hope you are successful getting back to Nigeria. I strongly recommend you contact the Nigerian embassy, it will be able to assist you.’