Australia: Man’s Visa Canceled Following Conviction for Sex with a Minor

Australia: Man’s Visa Canceled Following Conviction for Sex with a Minor

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National tribune has given a Congo national the opportunity to remain in Australia despite being found guilty of having carnal knowledge of a 14-year-old girl.

25 years old Malipo Muyobe had carnal knowledge of a teenage girl in 2017 and was pronounced guilty by a Toowoomba District Court jury. He was therefore given 10 months jail term, and the Department of Home Affairs revoked his refugee status.

During a party organized by Muyobe’s friend in celebration of his driver’s license, Muyobe and the girl drank a lot before engaging in sexual intercourse according to the court’s report. After serving his jail term, he was handed over to the Australian Border Force (ABF).

Appeal Against Deportation

After Muyobe’s refugee status was revoked, he moved to appeal deportation to his home country. He was in Tanzania refugee camps for 12 years as a result of persecution in his home country, Manfred Ewikowski, Muyobe’s solicitor, said to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal of Australia. He was a subject of persecution because of his ethnicity and tribal warfare, he said.

The tribunal revealed that it had received a report that Muyobe had committed about 25 offenses since he arrived in Australia before his latest sex crime. Border Force was on the lookout and asked to be notified in case he got a jail term of at least 12 months.

While explaining the situation, prison officials in Queensland said the brutal upbringing of Muyobe is partly responsible for his behaviours around police and authorities. Stephanie Forgie after that said Muyobe should be given a second chance given he has only been in the country for eight years. She revealed that he would, therefore, remain in the country as a refugee visa holder.

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