Somali rapist who had deportation halted by plane passengers finally kicked out of UK

A rapist from Somalia, who had his deportation delayed when passengers on his plane caused a mutiny, is finally due to be booted out of the UK, according to reports. 

Yaqub Ahmed was due to be deported in October but he was taken off the plane after protesters caused uproar.

Even more controversially the 30-year-old was then given bail in March and allowed back on the streets.

Ahmed was convicted with three other men and jailed for nine years for the sickening gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in 2007.

He was due to be deported at the end of his sentence but passengers, unaware of his crime, stepped in as he was sat on the tarmac at Heathrow, bound for Turkey.

In a video of the incident last year, Ahmed is heard screaming as holidaymakers shout: “Take him off the plane!”

The four-strong Home Office team accompanying Ahmed were forced to abandon the deportation and take him off the aircraft.

In April, Ahmed’s victim told the Daily Mail of her anger that he remained in the UK.

And despite the severity of his offence, he was fitted with an electronic tag and released on bail after an immigration tribunal hearing on March 14.

Ahmed was recently taken back into custody and is being held at a detention centre, from where he will be taken to an airport and returned to Somalia, the Mail on Sunday reports.

Last night, the victim’s mother said she hoped the deportation would allow her daughter to feel safer and give her “some form of justice”.

She told the Mail on Sunday: “It’s been never-ending. That’s my child’s life – her childhood – that has been taken away.


“She also called for ‘each and every one’ of the passengers who intervened to apologise.

“Why did they feel the need to intervene in something which clearly was nothing to do with them? They actually made it possible for my daughter’s rapist to be allowed back into the country by their actions.”

The Home Office said: “We are determined to protect the public by removing foreign nationals who commit criminal offences.”