A refugee who was jailed twice for sexual assault was given nearly $150,000 in compensation for being held too long after the country from which he came refused to let him return.
High Court Judge Nicholas Madge said that he "wholeheartedly" agreed that 28-year-old Aliou Bah's victims were much more deserving of the payout than he was.
Bah was imprisoned twice for sexual assault, according to the Daily Mail. One attack was on a 16-year-old girl, for which he was placed on a sex offender's registry.
On Dec. 5, a court ruled that the government unlawfully held Bah for 21 months after it had become clear the prospect of him being deported to Guinea, from where he came, was unlikely.
Immigration officials in Guinea reportedly blocked attempts to deport Bah by refusing to process his travel documents.
The British judge said that while he thought the victims deserve the payout much more than Bah, the court has forced him to uphold the principle that nobody should be imprisoned unlawfully in a civilized society.
Peter Bone, a conservative member of Parliament in the U.K., where the assaults took place, spoke about the case, saying, "The public will look at this case and conclude the law is an ass."
"It is very difficult to understand why a sex attacker should not be sent home, let alone win a vast amount of public money," Bone continued. "If he has come to the U.K., he should live by the rules of the U.K. My constituents will quite rightly be outraged at how he was been rewarded despite thoroughly abusing the hospitality of this country."
Bah was convicted of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in 2011. He was jailed for 18 months. In 2014, he was imprisoned again for two years for another sexual assault.
The U.K.'s home secretary signed a deportation order against Bah in 2011, following his first sexual assault conviction. The home secretary was unaware of his refugee status.
Bah was held unlawfully in immigration detention for a total of 21 months, split up into two periods -- from 2012 to 2013 and from 2014 to 2015.
Madge said no one has been successfully deported to Guinea since 2006.
Readers shared their thoughts on the story on the Mad World News Facebook page.
"This supposed Judge should be made known to all (for public shame) and the crimes of the criminal released should be on his shoulders so much that he be wiling to serve all penalties that the criminals get in the future," one reader commented. "Including death should the criminal kill anyone."
"Nothing should excuse him from paying for his crimes," another user wrote. "And he should not be paid at all. Rape is sin and a crime and it should be treated as such. Remove the judge and put this man back in prison."