Appeal over hit-and-run driver who killed girl

The UK Border Agency will appeal against a tribunal ruling preventing the deportation of a failed asylum seeker who killed a 12-year-old girl in a hit-and-run driving incident.

Immigration Minister Damian Green said yesterday that the government would renew efforts to remove Iraqi Kurd Aso Mohammed Ibrahim from the UK came after Prime Minister David Cameron expressed his "great" anger over the case.

"We are extremely disappointed at the tribunal's decision and are appealing," Mr Green said in a statement issued by the Home Office. "He was convicted of committing an offence that led to the tragic death of a 12-year-old child and it is our view that he should be removed."

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Mr Cameron said he hoped for a successful appeal against the ruling by the Upper Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber.

Ibrahim was told yesterday that he can stay in the UK despite his conviction for driving while disqualified and failing to stop after the accident - which led to the death of Amy Houston - because he has subsequently had children in Britain.

Ibrahim, 33, left Amy dying under the wheels of his car in Blackburn, Lancashire, in 2003 while already banned from driving. He was jailed for four months but allowed to remain in the UK, despite having a string of criminal convictions.

Asked about the case at a press conference in Brussels earlier, Mr Cameron said: "My personal response is one of great anger that this is allowed to happen.

"Here we have an Iraqi asylum seeker convicted of an offence that led to the death of a child and yet we are being told that there is no way that this person can be deported to Iraq.

"I think that that is wrong and I very much hope that the UK Border Agency will be able to appeal."