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Sex offender ordered to pay fees after 'hopeless' bid to avoid deportation.

Byline: Brian Farmer PA reporter echo.newsdesk@walesonline.co.uk

A CONVICTED Sri Lankan sex offender who arrived in the UK by "clandestine" means has been told to pay legal fees run up by Home Secretary Theresa May after a judge concluded he staged a "hopeless" bid to avoid deportation.

Judge Karen Walden-Smith ordered father-ofthree Ravi Paramalingam, who has links to Cardiff, to pay the best part of PS1,000 after dismissing his bid for a judicial review of a deportation decision at a High Court hearing in London.

Paramalingam arrived in the UK by "clandestine means" in 1999.

He married in 2004 and his children were born in 2006, 2008 and 2010 - and he had worked illegally.

In 2011 he was given indefinite leave to remain on the basis of his "lengthy residence" in the UK, the judge added.

But over the years he was convicted of 24 offences.

Mrs May ordered his deportation after he was convicted of serious sexual offences at Cardiff Crown Court three years ago, said Judge Walden-Smith.

Paramalingam was convicted of two sex offences plus trespass with intent to commit sex offences and given a four-year jail term, she added.

Mrs May concluded that his return to Sri Lanka would be conducive to the public good.

He had been placed into immigration detention after leaving prison in September 2015.

Mrs May spent about PS1,100 of taxpayers' money employing a barrister to represent her at the High Court hearing, Judge Walden-Smith was told.

The judge said Paramalingam - who had claimed that deportation would breach his human rights - should pay PS800 of that bill.

Paramalingam had said he no money and Judge Walden-Smith accepted that her order was probably academic, but she was making the ruling on principle.

The judge said she had the power to order a judicial review claimant to pay Home Office legal bills if a claim had been hopeless or an abuse of the judicial review process.

She said Paramalingam's claim had been hopeless but it meant that plans for his deportation to Sri Lanka had to be rearranged.

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Date:Jun 2, 2016
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