The Court of Appeal has decided the Home Office cannot deport to Italy a European (Italian) national who lived in the UK for more than 60 years, even if he had a life of crime with 31 different convictions for 68 offences.
Benedetto Vassallo arrived in the UK as a child in 1952. Married a British woman and had two children (and grandchildren), also British nationals. He only returned to Italy once in the 70s. Speaks basic Italian and cannot read any Italian.
The Court of Appeal considered that his deportation was not legal. Mr Vassallo has lived in the UK all his life, his family lives in England. He was not an imported criminal, he was a home-grown criminal.
For all these reasons, his deportation to Italy was not allowed. Mr Vassallo was considered as any other UK based criminal.
Full decision here - http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2016/13.html
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