Judge claims foreign criminal should stay in UK as gang membership shows 'integration' to British society


A judge proclaimed a foreign criminal should be allowed to stay in the UK as his membership of a gang is evidence he has integrated into British society.

Turkish national Tolga Binbuga, 29, came to the UK with his family when he was nine, and went on to be convicted for offences including robbery, assault and burglary.

He had been linked with north London’s Get Money Gang.

Although the rest of his family was granted British citizenship in 2010, he did not make an application.

The Home Office first tried to deport him in 2014, but there have since been a number of appeals, with one judge ruling in 2016 that he should be allowed to remain here because he could be regarded as a “home-grown criminal”.

Judge Evan Ruth said in his First Tier Tribunal ruling: “It is a sad and unpleasant fact of life that in various parts of London ‘gang culture’ is an accepted and widespread part of life for many young people.

“According to the probation service report, the appellant is known to have previously associated with a gang called the ‘Get Money Gang’ in north London.

“It is clear from the report that the probation service accepted that the appellant conducted his previous offending behaviour always in the presence of other young persons.


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