Thanks to Davey
An asylum-seeker has been arrested after the alleged rape of a young girl from a children’s home where he had been placed after apparently lying about his age.
The Afghan presented himself to Birmingham Social Services and claimed he was a 13 year-old minor, but staff suspected he was really over 18.
He was placed at the council-run children’s home after producing medical evidence at an immigration hearing which seemingly backed his claims of being a child.
But the Afghan was later arrested following the suspected rape of a 13-year-old girl from the care home and police found an immigration card which appeared to confirm that he was really 19.
Social services have now begun an investigation after the asylum-seeker was quizzed about the suspected sex attack, a case which has seen another adult charged with rape.
‘The Afghan presented himself some time ago as a minor, seeking asylum,’ said a source. ‘He claimed to be 13 years old but from the outset social services had doubts.
‘The Local Authority seeks to verify information through medical and social work assessments and in the interim makes appropriate arrangements for the young people concerned.’
‘People referred without documents to support their age present difficulties to all local authorities.
Yet if someone’s an asylum-seeker and a minor then social services are duty bound to look after them.
‘Birmingham social services’ experts were involved in challenging his claim that he was 13 at two immigration hearings and at one hearing he was legally declared an adult.
‘But at an appeal he produced a letter from a doctor claiming he had some characteristics of a child, so the court had to accept he was a child.’ Â Â
The asylum-seeker is currently on police bail after being arrested on suspicion of the rape, which is alleged to have occurred in Birmingham last month.
Two youths in their late teens were also detained by police. One was later charged with rape and remanded in custody after appearing before Midland magistrates, while the other has also been released on police bail.
The Afghan has now been moved to a ‘specialist placement’ while police inquiries continue into the alleged rape, as well as his true age.
* The Brits are good at protecting perps…
‘The truth is we just don’t know how old he is for sure,’ said one source. ‘Most think he is an adult over the age of 18. It’s proving it that has been the problem.’
A Birmingham City Council spokesman said: ‘We are cooperating with police investigations in relation to a young person and these investigations are ongoing.