A MIGRANT accused of being so hellbent on getting into the UK he walked through the Channel Tunnel has been granted asylum, The Sun reports. Abdul Haroun, 40, is said to have dodged trains travelling at 100mph. It took him 11 hours on foot to travel the 31 miles before he was arrested, the court heard.
As he appearing via video link, the judge heard Sudanese Haroun had been told he could stay in Britain on Christmas Eve. He still stands accused with obstructing an engine or a carriage using a railway under the Malicious Damage Act of 1861. His hearing at Canterbury crown court was adjourned for a fortnight before it will be decided if the charge will be dropped.
Prosecutor Philip Bennetts QC, said: “On December 24, the defendant was granted asylum, the evidence of that we have been provided with this morning. “We would ask for 14 days to consider the impact of that from the prosecution and on the defendant.” Haroun had been arrested on August 4 – less than a mile from the tunnel exit in Folkestone, Kent.
Judge Adele Williams said: “What is going to happen in your case, Mr Haroun, is this. “Now that you have been granted asylum to remain in the United Kingdom, the Prosecution in this case just need 14 days to consider whether to proceed with this prosecution against you.”
He was bailed to reappear on January 18