I know the Human Rights Act and it’s parasite class the Human Rights lawyer throw up some absolutely stonking cases of inverted common sense, but you’d have to imagine that they’d struggle with this one, (unless of course the money for it was coming out of the public purse). So we ended up with what appears to be an incredible case of self representation by a convicted criminal who won his case by default, at least until some common sense took over on appeal.
This is Hull and East Riding.
A FAILED asylum seeker tried to claim up to £750 million in compensation from the Government because he is not allowed to have sex in Hull Prison.
Rayden Simon Kullem claimed his human rights were being breached by being held in an all-male jail.
He argued he should be held in a mixed-gender prison so he could have sex with a woman.
Amazingly, he temporarily won his claim because of an administration blunder.
It led to an urgent court hearing being held, in which a top judge dismissed the “preposterous” claim.
Kullem is in Hull Prison awaiting deportation to Zimbabwe following the end of his prison sentence.
He has twice failed in his bid to become a UK citizen.
Kullem launched a civil claim against the Government last September on the grounds it was a breach of his human rights not to be allowed to have sex in prison.
The Government said it did not receive the claim.
But when it failed to respond, Mr Kullem was mistakenly awarded damages in default in an administration error.
He was seeking between £500 million and £750 million in compensation.
That’s right, he decided that under the HRA he was entitled to have sex whilst in prison and not just the usual prison sex, but sex with a member of the opposite sex…
Now I’m all for self help, but surely when the case was heading to be won by default, someone should have realised there was something seriously amiss in the hearing itself? You’d have thought at least it would have raised a few eyebrows before being kicked out of court on appraisal of what was being claimed? It should surely never have even come to the attention of a top judge, as it is, the Government has still had to spend thousands of pounds in legal fees to prevent the prisoner, becoming an overnight multi-millionaire. The very fact that he was able to bring this case though suggests again that the only pro-active legal redress open to prisoners should be appeals, all else should be reactive to cases against. But there you go, I’m talking common sense, something the law usually isn’t known for.
Still, this is what happens if you declare that everyone has equal rights…
*Kullem was jailed for four years after fire-bombing a Newcastle upon Tyne newsagents in 2008 but this was extended after he assaulted a fellow prisoner.