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Afghan migrant, 28, who tried to board a small boat to the UK this week was deported from Britain just four years ago after being jailed for raping a 12-year-old schoolgirl

  • Emal Kochai was jailed in 2014 for raping a 12-year-old girl in Reading, Berkshire 
  • The 28-year-old is now living in a French migrant camp waiting to get back to UK 

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An Afghan migrant who just days ago tried to board a small boat to the UK had already been deported from England after raping a schoolgirl. 

Emal Kochai was jailed in 2014 after being found guilty of raping a 12-year-old girl in Reading, Berkshire, and was returned to Afghanistan in 2019 having served half of his nine-year sentence. 

But the 28-year-old is now living in a French migrant camp waiting for his chance to board a small boat back to the UK. 

On Monday morning he tried to board a vessel to cross the Channel but said that police arrived and punctured the boat with a knife. 

Speaking from the Grande Synthe camp near Dunkirk, Kochai told The Times that he is trying to get back to the UK illegally and that he has ‘changed his ways’. 

Emal Kochai, 28, was jailed in 2014 after being found guilty of raping a 12-year-old girl in Reading, Berkshire and was returned to Afghanistan in 2019

Emal Kochai, 28, was jailed in 2014 after being found guilty of raping a 12-year-old girl in Reading, Berkshire and was returned to Afghanistan in 2019

He said: ‘I don’t like telling people about it because they get the wrong idea about me. It was all a misunderstanding. 

‘I have learnt now, I want to do something better. I had a hard life in prison and want to change my ways.’ 

Kochai said that he was 15 years old when he arrived in the UK and was eventually taken in by a foster family in Hungerford, Berkshire. 

Five years later he was accused and then found guilty of raping a 12-year-old girl at a house in East Reading, an offence he denied. 

The court heard how the victim told police that Kochai pushed her on to a bed, pulled off her clothing and raped her. 

After his deportation to Afghanistan, Kochai managed to flee again and said that he travelled through Iran, Pakistan and Turkey to make his way to France. 

He said that the government’s new Illegal Migration Bill will not stop him attempting to return to the UK with his cousin, his cousin’s wife and their two children aged four and six. 

He said: ‘I will never give up trying to get to the UK. I have been in France for three months and we don’t get anything. 

The 28-year-old is now living in a French migrant camp waiting for his chance to board a small boat back to the UK

The 28-year-old is now living in a French migrant camp waiting for his chance to board a small boat back to the UK

‘In the UK I can get education, a job and a house. My brother was killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan and it is not safe for me there.’ 

A Home Office source told The Times: ‘This case shows exactly why we need genuine deterrent measures in place to stop rapists and other serious criminals illegally entering the UK. 

Source: Daily Mail UK

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