Polish criminal set for deportation

A POLISH criminal on the run, who stabbed a teenager in Ipswich, will be deported at the end of his sentence, the government insisted today.Damian Brauer was jailed for a minimum of 27 months for stabbing Matthew Buckman ten times in the neck and back, causing life-threatening injuries.

A POLISH criminal on the run, who stabbed a teenager in Ipswich, will be deported at the end of his sentence, the government insisted today.

Damian Brauer was jailed for a minimum of 27 months for stabbing Matthew Buckman ten times in the neck and back, causing life-threatening injuries.

Sentencing him at Ipswich Crown Court, Judge John Devaux recommended Brauer for deportation once he is released from prison.

Although a spokeswoman from the Home Office said they cannot comment on individual cases, she did confirm that under government policy, Brauer is more than likely to be deported.

The spokeswoman said: “We will seek to deport someone with a sentence that long. Our policy is to deport any European nationals who are sentenced to more than two years. It is uncommon that this would not be the case.

“We strongly believe that foreign nationals should be held to account and be sent home when they have no right to be here. Last year we deported one person every eight minutes.”

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Brauer, 21, who was living in Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, at the time of the attack, was on the run from Polish police after being sentenced to five-and-a-half years for two robberies and possession of drugs.

Mr Buckman, then 19, of Padstow Road, Kesgrave, had been in Ipswich town centre with his friend, 16-year-old Kurtis Pack, when they met Brauer in the early hours of May 27 last year. Following a scuffle in the street, Brauer went home, armed himself with a knife and recruited another man to return to the town centre to seek revenge.

Brauer pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause Mr Buckman grievous bodily harm with a knife. Slawomir Inczewski, 25, denied the same offence and was acquitted by an Ipswich Crown Court jury.

Sentencing him, Judge Devaux said: “The 27 months less the 279 days served in custody and then the parole board will be entitled to consider your release but only when it is satisfied that you are not a risk to the public. You will be on licence for at least ten years subject to the recommendation for deportation which I feel I should make. You committed a serious offence in this country while on the run from prison in your own country.”

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