December 5, 2013
A violent criminal with a string of convictions fractured an 86-year-old’s pelvis eight months after he won a human rights battle to stay in Britain.
A judge said Herve Mika, 24, should have been deported to his native Congo in central Africa, five years before he attacked a vulnerable pensioner in Ipswich, Suffolk, a court has heard.
Mika was convicted of racially or religiously aggravated assault and affray at Coventry Crown Court in 2008, and the judge recommended he serve his sentence before being thrown out of Britain.
However, he successfully appealed against his deportation in July last year, arguing he would not get the medication he needed for his mental illness in the Congo.
In March this year Mika, 24, committed grievous bodily harm on a frail 86-year-old at a Sainsbury’s.
The attack has turned his devastated victim’s life upside down, Ipswich Crown Court heard.
Mika was trying to flee from staff who suspected him of shoplifting when he pushed the woman to the ground.
Ipswich Crown Court heard yesterday there had been doubts over his mental fitness to enter a plea to GBH after the incident in the town.
But Mika admitted the charge after being ruled fit to do so.