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Ghanaian nurse who killed baby spared deportation from UK

A GHANAIAN mum jailed for force feeding her 10-month-old daughter to death has won the right to stay in the UK.

The nurse, who has been granted lifetime anonymity, was facing deportation following her three-year sentence for ‘causing or allowing the death of a child’.

But she will now be able to stay in Britain – with her husband and three other children – indefinitely following a legal appeal citing Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The clause protects a person’s right to “private and family life”.

The decision has provoked fury among some Conservative MPs as UK law that states any criminal jailed for 12 months or longer faces automatic removal after serving their sentence.


In the high-profile criminal trial – thought to be the first of its kind – the woman, now known only as GHA,
said she had been concerned her daughter, Baby D, was underweight.

She claimed the practice of using a milk jug to pour liquidised porridge and chicken soup into her daughter’s mouth was common practice in Ghana.

Dominic Raab, the Conservative MP who has campaigned to reform human rights laws, told The Telegraph: “Many people will look at this case, a mother jailed for force-feeding her baby to death then claiming her right to family life trumps deportation, and feel it reflects the warped nature of our human rights laws today.

“We need a Conservative majority government to put an end to these perverse outcomes, and restore some balance and common sense.”

However, social workers said they had no cause for concern.

In a report, they said the mother's children were under "no significant risk of harm" and described the family as "close, committed... with strong cultural and religious beliefs.”

Baby D died of respiratory pneumonia in March 2010 because the force-feeding technique had caused her to breathe food into her lungs.

A pathologist told police he had never before seen so much food in the lungs of a dead child. The court also heard that GHA’s other children had to undergo plastic surgery to repair injuries they had suffered through force-feeding.


GHA was released from prison in April 2013 and was allowed to rejoin her family who are based in London, court documents revealed.

The nurse, who arrived in Britain in 2000 on a student visa, lodged an appeal after the Home Secretary, Theresa May, attempted to deport her but was successful.

May legally challenged this decision but a panel, chaired by Mrs Justice Andrews, last month upheld the immigration tribunal’s first decision.

In a statement, a Home Office spokesman said: "We firmly believe foreign nationals who break the law should be deported. We are disappointed by the tribunal's decision in this case and are seeking to appeal against it.

“Through the recently passed Immigration Act, we are making it easier to remove people from the UK and harder for individuals to prolong their stay with spurious appeals, by cutting the number of appeal rights from 17 to four.

“It will also ensure that judges deal with Article 8 claims in the right way — making clear the right to a family life is not regarded as absolute and unqualified.”

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