2014-03-11 14:03:34 -
"Soft On Visa Overstayers" tribunal judge "Retires" after living with a Nigerian illegal immigrant
An apparently ‘soft on visa overstayers’ senior Immigration Tribunal Judge has been forced to step down from the bench after it was revealed that he was living with an overstaying illegal immigrant from Nigeria, the Sun reports.
In a rare occurrence in legal circles the judge, Richard McKee age 65, agreed to ‘retire’ after admitting he was supporting 39-year-old Nigerian woman, Fatima Umar, who had overstayed her UK visa.
This move is almost unknown in British legal circles as judges are one of the most protected of species in UK employment law. It follows a formal reprimand early last year after incidents previously at his home involving the same
At that time, January 2013, a spokesperson for the Office for Judicial Complaints said:
"The premises of Senior Immigration Judge Richard McKee, of the Immigration and Asylum Chambers, were the subject of a police investigation into its misuse by others for unlawful activities. Judge McKee also failed to inform the judicial authorities of these matters. The Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice concluded that Judge McKee’s actions had fallen short of the standards expected of all judicial office holders and therefore issued him with a reprimand."
The judge, a full-time Tribunal Judge of the Upper Tribunal since 2002, left his job on 4 February after Umar was arrested at his £410,000 flat in Kilburn, north London.
When the overstayer was arrested she assaulted two police officers and caused £5,000 damage, it was reported.
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