A FAILED asylum seeker was mistakenly awarded Â£750million in a “preposterous” compensation claim because he was not allowed to have sex with his girlfriend in jail.
The administrative error would have made Zimbabwean Rayden Kullem one of the world’s richest men had the blunder not been spotted at the last moment.
But the Government has still had to spend thousands of pounds in legal fees to prevent the prisoner, also known as Murenha, becoming an overnight multi-millionaire.
The crook claimed his human rights were being breached because he was starved of female company while behind bars at Hull Prison.
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After sending an outline application he temporarily won his claim because of an administrative error.
It led to an urgent court hearing being held, in which a top judge dismissed the claim.
Kullem, 31, who has twice failed in bids to become a British citizen, is awaiting deportation to Zimbabwe following the end of a prison sentence for arson.
He was jailed for four years after fire-bombing a Newcastle upon Tyne newsagents in 2008 but this was extended after he assaulted a fellow prisoner.
Kullem launched a civil claim against the Government last September on the grounds it was a breach of his human rights not to be allowed to have sex in prison.
The Government said it did not receive the claim but when it failed to respond within a specified time limit, Kullem was mistakenly awarded damages in default.
The error happened because Kullem cited the Home Office rather than the Ministry of Justice as the respondent.
He claimed that being denied conjugal visits was against his human rights and also that he should have the right to a unisex jail â€“ even though none exist in the UK.
His outline claim demanded compensation of up to Â£750million.
Appearing at Hull High Court on behalf of the Government, barrister Sasha Blackmore said: “We were only aware when the default judgment was received.”
Judge Jeremy Richardson QC struck out Kullem’s claim and set aside the default action.
He said: “It should have raised a few eyebrows, to put it mildly. This is a preposterous claim suggesting persons have the right to have mixed cells should they so wish.”
The judge ordered Kullem to pay court costs of Â£2,850.