A CONVICTED rapist and illegal migrant from Iran has been given extra taxpayers’ cash to visit his son – because his benefits money is spent on cigarettes.
The illegal, who slipped into Britain in 2004, has been awarded the extra cash because the £14-a-day he spends on nicotine means he does not have enough to pay the £13.55 fare from his home in Cosham, near Portsmouth, to Canterbury, Kent, which is 130 miles away.
He had argued that the Home Secretary Theresa May’s refusal to pay was “unjustifiable”.
Now the High Court has said the man should be given the green light to claim costs as he had already cut down on food to support his nicotine habit.
Judge Michael Kent said that not paying travel expenses to the rapist flouted human rights legislation which makes private and family life sacrosanct.
He said the Home Secretary’s decision had not taken into account the “best interests” of the British-born child.
However, the decision has been criticised by some who say the ruling makes a mockery of the law.
Tory MP Philip Hollobone said: “Many people up and down the country will be absolutely appalled by what is yet another abuse of the justice system.
“This is one more reason why the Government must get on with abolishing the Human Rights Act so we can restore common sense to the law.”
source: Daily Express