Observer Comment: Doesn’t say much for the justice system

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A CONVICTED criminal, who also happens to be an illegal immigrant, is back on the streets of St Leonards.

It really does not say much for the justice system of this country that after serving half of his four-year sentence, Vladymyr Buchak, was released on bail from the immigration detention centre despite playing a part in the largest sham marriage scam ever prosecuted in the UK.

The judge at the time, recommended his deportation and the UK Border Agency did not want to release him from detention, so why has he been allowed to resume his life in St Leonards?

There is an air of mystery around the courts’ decision to grant bail, which is not acceptable considering his crime.

MP Amber Rudd is quite rightly outraged, and her determination to shine a spotlight on this case will surely be welcomed by many.

The only appropriate resolution to this situation seems to be Buchak’s deportation, he was never legally allowed to be here in the first place.

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THANK goodness the long-running land dispute centred around the Stade development project is, at last, coming to an end.

It already has cost the local taxpayer more than £100,000.

But a questions remains: why does it appear that no one did their homework or research into the complex land ownership issues before building started? The strip of land in dispute, is, let’s face it, no bigger than the size of a dining room table.

A ridiculous amount of money has been wasted.

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IT’S shocking that a frail, elderly woman had to wait more than an hour, in severe pain, for an ambulance. Vulnerable people like her deserve better. Last week we reported how the ambulance service was hitting its targets for response times. Clearly not the case here.