British rapist Cunliffe was caged in 1999 after snatching a student at gunpoint and taking her to his makeshift dungeon, which police likened to the one in the 1991 horror film, the Mirror reports.
Dubbed the ‘Sllence of the Lambs’ rapist, Leslie Cunliffe has arrived back in the UK after being deported from Australia where he lived for 45 years.
The British passport-holder moved to Australia in 1967 and has not set foot in Britain since.
But, as he never applied for citizenship, the country used tough immigration laws to deport him when he was freed from a 12-year jail sentence.
Cunliffe, 63, was caged in 1999 after snatching a 21-year-old student at gunpoint and taking her to his makeshift dungeon, which cops likened to the one in the 1991 horror film starring Anthony Hopkins as evil cannibal Hannibal Lecter.
After raping her and tying a fake bomb around her neck, he forced her to make a £650,000 taped ransom demand to her family while he threatened: “Obey the rules or she gets whacked now.”
Her seven-hour ordeal only ended when a passer-by heard her screams and she later told police: “I thought he was going to mutilate me and I knew he was going to rape me.
“When it was all over I was left shivering uncontrollably. I’ve never felt so empty and cold in all my life, it was almost like a part of me had died then and there.
“The rape made me lose all hope of survival. I gave up all hope of living. I even tried to will myself to die.”
Former builder Cunliffe, who has fathered two children in Australia, was released from his sentence in April last year.
He fought a year-long legal battle to be allowed to stay, but the Australian Department of Immigration’s no-nonsense regulations allowed it to cancel his visa on “character” grounds.
He was put on a plane in Melbourne which landed at Heathrow on Thursday.
Although his whereabouts are not being released, normal procedure would have seen him met at the airport by police and taken to sign the sex offenders’ register.
Officers have no powers to detain him, but he can be placed under surveillance if he is thought to pose a threat and he is also likely to be monitored by probation officers and social workers.
Despite having not paid any tax in this country he will be entitled to housing benefit and other handouts.
The Home Office refused to comment on his case, but a spokeswoman said: “A range of tools are available to the police to manage known sex offenders, including sexual offences prevention orders which can also apply to offenders convicted of offences overseas if they pose a risk of sexual harm in the UK.”
A series of British sex offenders have been deported to the UK under Australia’s tough immigration policy, with many commentators feeling we cannot do the same with undesirables in our country.
It was revealed this year that more than 3,200 foreign criminals, failed asylum-seekers and EU ‘benefit tourists’ are using the Human Rights Act to block their removal.
And around 400 foreign prisoners a year evade deportation after leaving jail because it would breach their right to a family life.
Tory MP Andrew Rosindell said: “I cannot blame the Australians for wanting to be rid of a pretty horrible individual.
“I do blame our previous government for enacting the HRA, making it impossible for us to take the same kind of strong action.”
Australia’s tough approach to deportation
Leslie Cunliffe’s deportation highlights Australia’s robust approach, which has seen several Britons returned.
Simon Wilson, who had lived in Australia since he was two, was deported in 2008 after his release on licence for killing an elderly woman by punching her up to 100 times. Three months later, he tried to rape a 71- year-old in Camden, North London.
Robert Excell emigrated aged 10 but spent 37 years in jail for child sex offences, including raping a boy of seven. He was deported in 2005.
In the UK, foreign criminals use Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights in more than half of all successful appeals against deportation.
A UK bid to boot out Nigerian Akindoyin Akinshipe, 24, who raped a 13-year-old girl, was blocked by European Court judges last year. Source: Daily Mirror.
Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or permanent resident in the UK can be revoked, as can citizenship in rare cases. However, Human Rights laws usually overide the government’s attempt to deport offenders.
Wherever you are residing, it is usually more secure to be fully naturalised rather than a permanent resident.
Many foreign nationals lose their right to reside in the UK after being away for more than two years.
Despite this many choose to remain in the UK for 30 or 40 years without applying for a British passport, often because they do not want to give up their native citizenship.
Britain is set to change the rules in order to give priority to the “brightest and the best” immigrants who can ‘contribute’ under new plans to cut the number of foreigners settling in the UK
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